08/28/2014 02:19 PM
BATON ROUGE – “Broken Cup,” winner of the L. E. Phillabaum Poetry Award, brings breathtaking eloquence to what
Margaret Gibson describes as “traveling the Way of Alzheimer’s” with her husband,
poet David McKain. After his initial and tentative diagnosis, Gibson suspended her
writing for two years; but then poetry returned, and the creative process became the
lightning rod that grounded her and presented a path forward.
The poems in “Broken Cup,” available in September from LSU Press, bear witness to
how Alzheimer’s erodes memory and cognitive function, but they never forget to see
what is present and to ask what may remain of the self.
Moving and unflinchingly honest in the acknowledgment of pain, frustration, and grief,
the poems uncover, time and time again, the grace of abiding love. Gibson gives heart
as well as voice to an experience that is deeply personal, yet shared by all too many.
Gibson is the author of 10 books of poems and one prose memoir. A native of Virginia,
now a resident of Preston, Conn., she is a nationally and internationally recognized
poet. She has received numerous honors, including the Connecticut Book Award and the
Melville Kane Award, and her collection “The Vigil” was a finalist for the National
Book Award in Poetry.
Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014