Now FeaturingStill Waters
, by Kamal Parmar, is a collection of poems written in an effort to make sense of the changing of lives as she watched her mother's life held in the grasp of Alzheimer's Disease. The book opens with a perfect poem, 'Is the world crazy', as a place to begin - as if looking backward, in the midst of it, and in her mother's voice. Overall, this is a very poignant and an inflective collection of poetry, in which Parmar becomes so immersed in coming to grips with it all, she is able to tell the story from other viewpoints, and many 'starting' points. I was very much taken in as I read this collection. Many of the poems struck me very deeply. That group of them included the book's opening poem, already mentioned, 'I know who I am', 'Never to forget' (the day of her mother's diagnosis), and the final poem in the book, 'Crack in the mirror'."
Bruce Kauffman, poet, editor, radio show producer & host, and author - most recently, an evening absence still waiting for moon
Review of Still Waters—a poetic memoir
“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. Lovely work.
- Jacqueline Carmichael, author of Heard Amid the Guns: True Stories from the Western Front, 1914-1918
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Still Waters (silverbowpublishing.com)
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