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Remembrance of Things Present: Making Peace with Dementia

text and photographs by Peter Maeck







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Caring for an aging father diagnosed with Alzheimer's stirs a multitude of experiences and feelings. Poet and photographer Peter Maeck approaches this extremely difficult time of life with extraordinary mindfulness and compassion. In rhyming verse and his own photographs Maeck depicts how he and his father "moved from a prose relationship into one of poetry . . . less literal and more metaphorical . . . engaging more in rhyme than in reason." Remembrance of Things Present is an important book for our time as dementia nears epidemic proportions; it is wisdom gleaned from facing one of life's most horrific afflictions with word, image, and love.

HEALTH & FITNESS / Diseases / Alzheimer’s & Dementia
POETRY / General

ISBN: 978-1-941830-80-2 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
ISBN: 978-1-941830-84-0 (digital)

LCCN: 2017938105

Released 2017

68 pages
84 photographs

Author Biography

Peter Maeck is a poet, playwright, and photographer whose work has been produced and exhibited both in the United States and internationally. He served as a U.S. State Department American Cultural Specialist in Tanzania and Morocco, and he has created training programs for major U.S. corporations. He holds a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brandeis University. He has presented Remembrance of Things Present as a TEDx Talk in the U.S. and abroad.

William T. Maeck, Peter's father, was born in Shelburne, Vermont, in 1920. Educated at Northwood School in Lake Placid, New York, and at Dartmouth College, he was a public relations consultant, banker, skier, skater, musician, poet, husband, father, and wit. Though memory loss marked his last years, he never lost his good humor and gentle humanity. He died in Arizona in 2010.

Articles and Reviews

Writer and photographer celebrates his father's brave, good-humored struggle with Alzheimer's (4-13-2017)


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