Book Review | Body Parts
Author: Janet Cameron Hoult
I love reading poetry and I studied the Literature of Aging when I was at university, so I thought it would be interesting to read Body Parts: A Collection of Poems about Aging by Janet Cameron Hoult. I also thought it was wonderful that part of the proceeds for each book go to the David Cameron Fisher Memorial Scholarship which is a memorial to Janet’s son (who was a marine biologist).
The poems all focus on various aspects of aging – from physical elements of aging to relationships. Many of them have catchy titles, such as “Hair Today – Gone Tomorrow” to “Ringing in My Ears” and “Time Accelerates with Age”.
I found some of the poems really touching and, even though I am a number of years away (I hope!) from the various concepts and ideas being developed in this anthology. “The Emptiness of Alzheimer’s” talks about the emotions of a woman whose husband has Alzheimer’s Disease and I felt a strong connection to this poem because my grandmother has the disease and it reminded me of how my grandfather may have felt before he passed away. I was also drawn to “Knees: with apologies to Joyce Kilmer” – it begins with “I think that I shall never see/A replacement as lovely as a knee”. My mother is having knee replacement surgery in a few weeks and I plan to share this poem with her because I think she will appreciate the sentiments expressed in it.
Overall, I would recommend this collection of poems to anyone who spends time with people who are aging or those who are aging themselves. I think they will be able to related well to the ideas and feelings presented by Janet Cameron Hoult in Body Parts.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*