Contact: Gary Rainford P: 207/610.3138 garyrainford.com
FIND YOUR WAY WITH ADRIFT Author Gary Rainford Delivers a Third Collection of Poetry That Is a Love Story
“Gary Rainford’s Adrift is for all of us—for those who’ve suffered family or friends through Alzheimer’s, for those who fear it, for those who will become its victims. It’s for all of us, our inevitable end, however it comes, the human condition. A fine poet’s words of a terrible disease, the pathos of a son caring for his dying mother, consolable as words can be, humor and horror, the reason for words. “Mom; you’ve given me poetry, / Stories, and reasons to // Dream” and now he has given us poetry and stories of her last days. This is a love story.
-Sharon Doubiago, awarded The Oregon Book Award for Psyche Drives the Coast; also author of Hard Country, South America Mi Hija, Naked to the Earth, My Father's Love, The Visit and others.
We lose keys. We lose wallets. We lose cellphones. We lose remote controls. We lose our glasses. We lose notes we specifically write to remind us of important tasks. We lose names of people and places on the tips of our tongues. We lose fleeting thoughts, ideas so brilliant and original, if we could have only held on to them. And some of us lose our minds.
“These poems,” says Rainford, “tell the stories of my mother’s dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I never thought I’d have to take care of my mother like this, but we don’t get to cherry pick when people need us most.”
Additional praise for Adrift:
Betsy Sholl, Maine Poet Laureate 2006 – 2011 says, “If you want to know what it’s like to care for a parent with dementia, or if you are going through that and feeling alone, Gary Rainford’s Adrift is your book. If you want to understand something of how it feels to lose home and wholeness, these poems convey that heartbreak. But they also convey an indomitable spirit that keeps waking up and facing the unfathomable world. Rainford gives us an exacting account of his care for his mother, and while the process is excruciating, her spirit is feisty, so even as she loses the ability to articulate, she articulates the feeling of losing herself. Rainford has made a book that is stunning and precise in its reckoning with loss, while his commitment to care also makes it quietly heroic.”
Pre-order copies of Adrift now at northcountrypress.com. Adrift will be distributed nationally for $16.95.
To request a media review copy, please contact Gary Rainford, 207/610.3138, www.garyrainford.com.
Gary Rainford is available for poetry readings/performances, festivals, workshops, discussion panels, and interviews.
Author of Adrift, Liner Notes, and Salty Liquor, Gary Rainford lives on Swan’s Island, Maine, year-round. Gary is an award winning poet, published in a wide range of literary magazines, university journals, and newspapers. Adrift tells the stories of his mother’s dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Down East magazine calls Gary a Maine poet at the top of his game.
Jimmy Santiago Baca, American poet, memoirist, and screenwriter from New Mexico calls Gary, “Bukowski with manners, Bly with straight-up male sensitivity, he's nature, best compared to a river or snowstorm or summer rain, there ain't too many doing what he's doing in poetry, no elitist, no snobbish hoopla poet here.”