"How Art" by Des O'Brien

By Des O'Brien | Posted: Thursday November 22, 2018

Writing poetry about the experience of Alzheimer’s is an audacious act. “How Art” is a set of handcrafted poems written from a place of purity and great affection.

Des O’Brien’s home in the high country of the South Island of New Zealand is the setting from where he has written a collection of poems that are entertaining and wry observations of life, the environment and family relationships. An Alzheimer’s diagnosis has not deterred him. An additional set of poems in this collection describes Des’ transition into a new way of being. It is a moving reflection of the impact of Alzheimer’s and his response to its daily challenges. These poems will resonate with people who live with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, and communities who understand that creativity doesn’t stop because of this condition. Quirky, with a warm wit and love of language and people, his poems should be enjoyed with a good whiskey (and a grain of salt).


With support from Alzheimers Otago there will be a book launch on Monday 3 December from 5 – 7pm at the Sherwood in Queenstown. RSVP’s for the launch to Chanel O’Brien jeffchanel@xtra.co.nz.

The book can be purchased through Alzheimers Otago $35 dollars or $60 for two. Please email manager@alzheimersotago.org.nz for bank details and to provide an address for delivery.


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