poemof the moment
The things inside his mind are blurring and drifting like snow, they are settling into great heaps, burying whatever lay there.
about the poem
Elizabeth Burns’ poem catches the sensation of memories fading as one grows older, but in its description of the granddaughter’s collage, a vivid display of autumn’s treasures, there is the possibility of holding onto certain precious memories through another’s creativity. The SPL and Scottish Storytelling Centre’s project Living Voices releases research this week that demonstrates the part the arts have to play in care. Image: Snowman by glasseyes view, under a Creative Commons licence.
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This week we share with the public the findings of research into our Living Voices project. Living Voices takes poetry, storytelling, and song into care homes in three areas in Scotland: Perth and Kinross, South Ayrshire, and Aberdeen. Findings have been positive, with care home residents reporting improvements in mood and feelings of wellbeing, while staff say they see the people they look after in a new light. For more details of the research, watch out for our Thursday blog this week.
Having lived much of her life in Scotland, Elizabeth Burns now lives in Lancaster where she teaches creative writing. Her most recent publications are Held (Polygon, 2010) and The Shortest Days (Galdragon Press, 2008), which won the inaugural Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets. Her work has featured on a National Poetry Day postcard, and has appeared in many anthologies of Scottish poetry.