Oct 2010 | 5.5 x 8.5 | 68 pp | 978-1-926655-11-6
Poetry by Beth Kope
this is a quietly stunning book: Betsy
The very nature of Lewy Body, the form of
dementia that my mother had, is fluid. Her symptoms changed from day
to day. Before her diagnosis, it was extremely difficult to explain
or handle this fluctuation which also encompassed hallucinations and
This disease pared her down. It shredded her to the most basic. Unrestrained
anger. Unrestrained love.
My mother slipped from someone who demanded a thousand musts and shoulds
to someone I could love. This woman, remembered for her judgements (be
friendly with all, intimate with none, always wear pantyhose, put on
your face, choose china for your wedding, enunciate, dress for success)
somehow, while losing most of her self, returned to the woman hidden
behind judgements, beyond my recollections.
This manuscript is built on the narrative of my mothers illness
from which all diversions and tangents spring; my own memories of childhood,
my agony and sadness watching her fierce battle with her losses, and
my mistakes and challenges while trying to meet her needs and support
other family members.
After her death, I found an unfamiliar black and white photo of my mother.
She was holding a book, standing near a tree, looking down, but aware
of the camera, softly smiling, showing her romantic spirit, and I recognized
this girl, not having seen her before. I do.
About the Author:
Beth Kope has lived in Alberta, Quebec, Australia
and finds herself at home in Victoria, B.C., along with two grown and
independent daughters, her husband and lovely dogs. She has worked as
a special education teacher with autistic adolescents and adults, as
a researcher, volunteer coordinator, contract writer and now supports
students at Camosun College.
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Authors Photo captured by Maureen