James Baldwin once wrote, "You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read." The comfort of knowing you're not alone. Words like these are especially helpful for those struggling with Alzheimer's, or for those caring for someone with the disease. They are the audience for a new anthology of poetry and prose, Missing Persons: reflections on dementia, published this month by Albuquerque's Beatlick Press.
Deborah Coy, who edited the anthology with Barbora Cowles, selected seventy-seven contributors from a general call for submissions. "I had edited another anthology a long time ago and it was like pulling teeth getting responses. This one, it was like opening a floodgate. There were so many coming in. I think people want to express what they're experiencing."
Two events are planned for the launch of Missing Persons: Sunday, January 13 at 5pm at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie, Santa Fe, and Saturday, January 19, at 4pm at Tortuga Gallery, 901 Edith Blvd SE, Albuquerque.