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.
Supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature, with assistance from the Royal Netherlands Embassy