How Art!

How Art!

Writing poetry about the experience of Alzheimer’s is an audacious act. “How Art” is a set of handcrafted poems written from a place of purity and great affection. Des O’Brien’s home in the high country of the South Island of New Zealand is the setting from where he has written a collection of poems that are entertaining and wry observations of life, the environment and family relationships. An Alzheimer’s diagnosis has not deterred him. An additional set of poems in this collection describes Des’ transition into a new way of being.


Older person with dementia with farm backdrop

It is a moving reflection of the impact of Alzheimer’s and his response to its daily challenges.These poems will resonate with people who live with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, and communities who understand that creativity doesn’t stop because of this condition. Quirky, with a warm wit and love of language and people, his poems should be enjoyed with a good whiskey (and a grain of salt)

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Des O'brien

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