The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home (Paperback)

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The Hands of Strangers portrays the tensions and moments of grace between aged nursing home residents and their healthcare workers.

About the Author

Janice N. Harrington: Janice N. Harrington writes poetry and children's books. She grew up in Alabama and Nebraska, and both those settings figure largely in her writing. Her first book of poetry, Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone (2007), won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She is also the winner of a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry and a 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for emerging women writers. The author as well of award-winning children's books, Harrington now teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois.

Praise For…

"Most of us do not think much of the frail elderly, the people who require constant care to get to the end of the day, near the end of their lives; still less do most of us think about their caregivers, the paraprofessionals and aides who perform, in nursing homes and outside them, an endless string of repetitive duties. Harrington's arresting book-length sequence of short clear poems takes long looks at these scenes, and at the people in them." Publishers Weekly

"Janice Harrington's work should be required reading for nurses, doctors and practitioners entering the ward." The Washington Independent Review of Books

Janice Harrington, an accomplished poet and author of children’s books, takes on a difficult, deep, yet rewarding topic in this collection of poems regarding life in a nursing homeYou will not look at someone in scrubs who you know is not a doctor the same again when you see them in the grocery store at some odd hour, tired as all, buying something for dinner at midnightThe ability of poetry to bring difficult lives into view with empathy is something Harrington handles with the utmost of skill, and I do hope she will continue to apply for all of our profit.”Coal Hill Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781934414545
ISBN-10: 1934414549
Publisher: BOA Editions
Publication Date: September 20th, 2011
Pages: 80
Language: English
Series: American Poets Continuum