"Auld Lang Syne" by Jennifer L. Knox was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on February 11, 2014. A link to the poem, including the poet's notes, may be found here: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23862?utm_source=PAD%3A+Auld+Lang+Syne+by+Jennifer+L.+Knox&utm_campaign=poemaday_021114&utm_medium=email.
Jennifer L. Knox has taught poetry and writing at Hunter College and New York University. She has three published books of poetry to her name. Additional information about her may be found here: http://www.jenniferlknox.com/bio.html.
"Auld Lang Syne" is a poignant prose poem about the poet's father. Her father suffered from Parkinson's Disease. Parkinson's can sometimes cause dementia and is often associated with depression. Her father's mood improved with antidepressant therapy, but his memory remained impaired. The style of the poem is reminiscent of Gertrude Stein's.