Can death be dignified? And for whom—the person dying, or the living who witness and endure the loss, reflecting on their own turns to come?
“When working with or caring for someone with health or memory issues, the situation is often variable and fluid, and can change without warning. Caregivers need to be flexible. That’s how I approached this series of paintings: fluid and flexible, while using a variety of techniques to make marks on the paper.”
Johnson comments on the circumstances that informed many of the poems in the narrative, autobiographical book: watching films with her parents; learning about her father’s work as a bomber pilot in the Air Force during Cold War; and working with her parents’ principal and patient caregiver, Donna.
So far their task has been simple. While a narrative might stray a bit in one telling, or embellish or neglect a detail in another, they’ve received and recorded the stories without substantial disagreement. But now, in this moment, a woman sits in front of the Grimm Brothers, telling them a story of siblinghood that offers a bit of concern.
For our Fall 2018 issue, MQR seeks submissions on the theme of Caregiving and Caregivers. We particularly encourage submissions from writers and artists who are themselves active caregivers. Deadline: March 31, 2018