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The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home (American Poets Continuum) Paperback – September 20, 2011

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"Most of us do not think much of the frail elderly, the people who require constant care to get to the end of the day, near the end of their lives; still less do most of us think about their caregivers, the paraprofessionals and aides who perform, in nursing homes and outside them, an endless string of repetitive duties. Harrington's arresting book-length sequence of short clear poems takes long looks at these scenes, and at the people in them." — Publishers Weekly


"Janice Harrington's work should be required reading for nurses, doctors and practitioners entering the ward." — The Washington Independent Review of Books


“Janice Harrington, an accomplished poet and author of children’s books, takes on a difficult, deep, yet rewarding topic in this collection of poems regarding life in a nursing home…You will not look at someone in scrubs who you know is not a doctor the same again when you see them in the grocery store at some odd hour, tired as all, buying something for dinner at midnight…The ability of poetry to bring difficult lives into view with empathy is something Harrington handles with the utmost of skill, and I do hope she will continue to apply for all of our profit.”—Coal Hill Review

“This book-length collection of poems vividly describes the daily routines and grapples with the philosophical concerns of long-term care, including the complexities of aging, the burdens and rewards of caregiving, and the inevitably of death,” says Mullaney. “…you don’t need to be a particular fan of poetry to appreciate Harrington’s work. Her language, while artful, is rarely esoteric, and many of the poems tell some sort of story or paint a portrait of a character.” - Mcknight's Long-term Care News

About the Author

Janice N. Harrington: Janice N. Harrington writes poetry and children’s books. She grew up in Alabama and Nebraska, and both those settings figure largely in her writing. Her first book of poetry, Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone (2007), won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She is also the winner of a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry and a 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for emerging women writers. The author as well of award-winning children’s books, Harrington now teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois.

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Product Details

  • Series: American Poets Continuum (Book 130)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd. (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934414549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934414545
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,659,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By KJ Page on February 11, 2014
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Scary at times; both powerful and frightening! Truth to tell: it is the care givers- the Certified Nurse's Aides that deliver excellence or not... The women (and men) who do the 'heavy lifting' provide most of the quality care that becomes the quality of life... County Beds or the most expensive .... the kindness of strangers does make life both more difficult and possible for so many frail elders. Care Givers ROCK! esp. Night Shift!
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With eloquent craft and deep insight Harrington depicts institutionalized elders who are isolated and--both historically and currently--helpless in face of caregivers too often frustrated or angered by their work. Giving voice to the voiceless, this book refuses to let us look away.
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Very nice poems. However the content is somewhat disturbing and not what I expected. A sad read, where I was expecting inspiration. Make sure you know what you are getting into with this read.
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