NYX: Sister of Erebus: A Memoir of My Mother's Alzheimer's

NYX: Sister of Erebus: A Memoir of My Mother's Alzheimer's

by Nancy Genevieve


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ISBN-13: 9780971256729
Publisher: Nox Press
Publication date: 10/31/2012
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

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Connie Lott Thrash More than 1 year ago
I savored Nancy Genevieve’s moving poetry collection. Among the touching favorite poems therein were "Hold Back Tomorrow" and "Thief", but I could add others including the nature ones like "Night". Any of us who have loved someone with Alzheimer’s or someone declining with age could take pause (purgative release with tears) with "Thief". I certainly found my eyes welling up, relating and absorbing -- the familiar and unique story this collection presents. Nancy Genevieve prefaces the poems in _Sister of Erebus_ by labeling herself as her parents' "scribe" so that their great grandchildren "may know them". While this legacy undoubtedly manifests, the poems also will allow readers, including Nancy's grandchildren, to know better Nancy, who creatively and compassionately, honestly and --at times -- heart-wrenchingly presents her parents' and her own journey. Particularly memorable are the poignant portrayals of a family navigating the effects that Alzheimer's brings, including grief processing of current and past dynamics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sister of Erebus is the third installment in Nancy Genevieve’s NYX series. This final installment chronicles her mother’s decline with Alzheimer’s. The collection is poignant and emotionally raw. From “I hold the receiver too tightly” to “Vespers”, Genevieve captures a daughter’s struggle to navigate the transitions and expectations of the disease. “Time Markers” encapsulates the relationship between husband and wife. Her writing embraces not just the events, but what exists around her, particularly nature. Short poems like “Night sun”, “Thistled wind”, and “thunder shower” give the reader brief respites from the heavier text. Even “Long tears”, with its pun on pane, reminds us that even in our darkest moments we should find release and comfort in our surroundings. - Penny Pennell
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nancy Genevieve’s NYX, Sister of Erebus is a tribute to her mother, her father, and her mother’s absence, the personification of night. While her mother’s presence is felt fluttering, flying, and walking through “tumbling yesterdays,” Nancy and her “Daddy” face the quiet chill of frozen words, “memory pieces” of a missing familial presence. The primary voice in this collection is that of a wise child, the “girlchild” who dances with her mother’s “silhouette on a stage of fractured rainbows” and cries to quell Daddy’s nightmares. Sometimes the separate poems can be read together with an element of connection even if unintended, sometimes not, and in itself this attempt at connecting disparate parts may carry an important meaning. If this book is about a little girl-woman and her mama, it has been created with grace and pain, but it is even more. The “Doll” who sat while her mother sang “embarrassing concerts” in public and marked more time with the silence of night, the place of forgotten selves and unconscious noise, has created through the darkness a hopeful comma from this life to the next. A mother as muse who births a girl who writes to remember is moon and sun. Sjon Ashby, PhD Bellevue University Adult Education and English
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nancy Genevieve’s new poetry collection, NYX – Sister of Erebus, gives us a window into hearts of love and weeks of pain in this chronicle of her devotion and despair during the demise of her Mother living, then dying with Alzheimer’s. While heartrending at times, the poems do not depress; instead they are lit with the light of affection portrayed in flashbacks of her childhood with sometimes strict, yet ever caring parents. Perhaps it is through her poem, “Constellations” that her faith in the future shines so brightly. Nancy writes, “…black blackness of now/will glitter soon/with stories from before…”. In subsequent poems, this adroit poet relates stories from before revealing the reason for that hope. Her parents had been there for her when she had childhood nightmares, had sung in the church choir; had introduced her to the art Mama loved. And Nancy was there for them, calming and comforting her parents living with those nightmarish ailments of aging. Equally endearing are the poems that show the faithfulness of her father in the face of his wife’s gradual memory loss and startling behavioral changes. Nancy recounts in “Sunday” that “Every time they call, I have to talk to/that woman-not-my-mother.” Her dad, with unwavering loyalty, both covers for her and makes no excuses for those alarming changes. He simply and sincerely says, “It’s okay…” Poems like “Rituals”, “Another August Anniversary” and “Time Markers” reveal that cherished, though ephemeral, relationship that Nancy had come to miss in those months before her mother died. But instead of making the reader sad, one feels glad that such memories remain to sustain her and, by reading Nancy G’s poems, uplift us who also may already be in a similar place, or eventually will have to cope, with the loss of a parent through such a debilitating ailment. Nancy’s careful attention to the appearance of the poem on the page will intrigue the readers as her eloquently crafted imagery inspires, informs, and lights the way for those called upon to walk this dark path of care for family and friends in similar circumstances. The closing poem in this exquisite collection “for tomorrows” reminds us that raking through the past and stacking together our yesterdays can help us face our tomorrows. I commend Nancy Genevieve for sharing her heart with us in this archive of precious memories. Anna J. Small Roseboro, NBCT Educator, Author Teaching Middle School Language Arts:Incorporating Twenty-First Literacies (2010)