This morning’s Border Crossings presents two more unusual projects, both of which use poetry to give space to lives and experiences otherwise unacknowledged. The poems in Paula Jennings’ Under a Spell Place came about through conversations with Jean, a woman living with advanced Alzheimer’s. While the sentences have been thematically arranged, all the poems are in Jean’s own words. The Lonely Funeral emerged out of a project started by poet and artist Frank Starik as a reaction to the large number of funerals held each year without family or friends present. For each funeral a poet writes a poem for the deceased person responding to research into that person’s life. Frank will be reading alongside poets who have taken part in the project.