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Alzheimer's: The Analysis

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Nancy Pavone-Erz

on 13 October 2013

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Transcript of Alzheimer's: The Analysis

"Alzheimer's": The Analysis
"Alzheimer's" Second Stanza
Step 4
Cherry's Relationship with Alzheimer's

Kelly Cherry found herself caring for her father who had a crippling disease called Alzheimer's. She became aware quickly that she had to see her father deteriorate over the years and there was nothing she could do to stop time. This impact and the love for her father allowed this Laureate poet create one of the most impressing and touching poems to me. She has written a couple of poems such as "This Old Man", "Alzheimer's," and "Family."

In one of her poems she writes:
I wish that I could bring you back, and you
would be as young as you were then,
excited about the world of art…
…I was enthralled by every word
you said, on any subject….

Born Kelly Cherry
(1940-12-21) 21 December 1940 (age 72)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US
Occupation Poet, author, essayist
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of Mary Washington
University of Virginia
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Notable work(s) We Can Still Be Friends
Girl in a Library: On Women Writers & the Writing Life
Hazard and Prospect: New and Selected Poems
Notable award(s) Poet Laureate of Virginia (2010–12)
Spouse(s) Burke Davis III

"Alzheimer's" First Stanza
He stands at the door, A crazy old man
Back from the hospital, his mind ratling
Like the suitcase, swinging from his hand,
That contains shaving cream, a piggy bank, a book he sometimes pretends to read,
His clothes.
Short-term memory loss
Short term memory loss
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