Friday, December 13, 2013

Review of "Beasts" by Carmen Giménez Smith

"Beasts" by Carmen Giménez Smith, a teacher at New Mexico State University, was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on December 12, 2013.  A link to the poem, including the poet's notes, may be found here:

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23795?utm_source=PAD%3A+Beasts+by+Carmen+Giménez+Smith&utm_campaign=poemaday_121213&utm_medium=email

The poem is presented in sixteen couplets of uneven free verse.  The first person singular in the poem is the poet.  This is a deeply personal poem about her mother who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease.  However, as this disease affects so many people directly or indirectly, the poem has a universal quality.

I have not ever had a close relative with this awful disease and, Lord willing, never will.  However, as a physician, I have attended to many patients who suffer from it.  I believe Ms. Smith's poem beautifully captures the mixed emotions that occur in the close relatives cum caregivers of Alzheimer's sufferers.

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