Diane Porter Goff's intimate and tender account of caring for her mother with Alzheimer's resonates with her poet's voice as she confronts the mental and emotional dilemma of who are you when your own mother no longer recognizes you?  Here are inner resources plumbed to the depths.  And yet there is laughter.

Mary North, poet


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"We told Mama we were taking her to stay somewhere for a while‚ somewhere nice‚ like a vacation. I knew she thought that meant all of us‚ and I didn’t tell her differently. I once read an article about how leaving a parent in a nursing home is an act of violence. That’s what it felt like...."