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Still Waters is a Poetic Memoir of the sorrows and stress of a loving daughter watching her mother deteriorate into the throes of the dreaded ‘disease of the decades’, Alzheimer's Disease. It is a poignant and emotional look at the deep cuts and lacerations it inflicts on the loved ones of the Alzheimer's sufferer.
As the reader travels through these, sometimes introspective and sometimes misty poems they will find some lines, phrasings and passages that mirror their own journey through smiles and tears love, and sorrow and ultimately life.
~ Candice James, Poet Laureate Emerita, New Westminster, BC Canada; author of “Ritihmus Aeternam”
“The world is a song unheard by you. You are here, but not here, lost in the labyrinths of your mind, where electric sparks are mere diffused messages flashing through eclectic jargon.”
In a slender and tender volume, poet Kamal Parmar brings to twilight life a mother/daughter struggle with encroaching Alzheimer’s. A vital memoir in verse, Still Waters is sensitive, touching, honest, even gritty, a compelling read that asks the question: Who am I? “Am I a young girl in ponytails with stars in her eyes? Or am I an old decrepit woman with a furrowed face and a doddering gait? And yet, I cry like a baby.” A luminous book, it’s a tuning fork for families coping with Alzheimer’s and the accompanying emotional wasteland.
~ Jacqueline Carmichael, author of Heard Amid the Guns: True Stories from the Western Front, 1914-1918.