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The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home
As people live longer, we face the challenges that come with caring for, and living as, an aging population. This collection focuses on the sad, funny, mundane reality of life in a nursing home. In her own words, Janice N. Harrington worked her way through college as a nurses' aide and wrote The Hands of Strangers because she "cannot forget the 'girls' I worked with or the ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by BOA Editions Ltd.
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This book of poetry by poet and children's book author Janice Harrington focuses on the diverse aspects of life in a nursing home, with emphasis on the experiences of patients and care-givers alike. Harrington's real magic is not that she inspires pity or pathos though, but that she is a true master of poetic word-craft and creates subtle, true, and haunting poems that allow us inside her difficult topic. Harrington’s book is painful and difficult because it makes the challenges faced in the mor ...more
Harrington’s writing reflects her beginnings in rural Alabama and her life in the Midwest. A former librarian and professional storyteller, Harrington now teaches creative writing in the Department of English at the University of Illinois.More about Janice N. Harrington...