You Must Remember This:
Poems about Aging and Memory
Ilsa: Play it once, Sam. For old times’ sake.
Sam: [lying] I don’t know what you mean, Miss Ilsa.
Ilsa: Play it, Sam. Play “As Time Goes By.”
Sam: [lying] Oh, I can’t remember it, Miss Ilsa. I’m a little rusty on it.
Ilsa: I’ll hum it for you. Da-dy-da-dy-da-dum, da-dy-da-dee-da-dum…
(From Casablanca, 1942)
Blame it on improvements in health care, on healthier lifestyles, or simply on those aging Baby Boomers, but you can’t argue with census statistics: our population is aging. Already, people aged 60 and above comprise one fifth of the US population. And this percentage is growing. Most of us are dealing with aging in one manner or another—either the aging of our own bodies or the aging of those we love.
In recognition of this common bond (and preoccupation), the Poetry Society of New Hampshire has collected poems about aging and its issues to be published in an anthology called You Must Remember This: Poems about Aging and Memory. Certainly memory and its difficulties—sometimes manifested as Alzheimer’s or dementia—will be frequent themes in this anthology, but the aim is for a more expansive look at the process of aging and its effects on others.
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire has received over 500 new, unpublished poems in English from poets around the world. Submission was free, but was limited to three poems per poet.
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