Requiem. A Patrimony of Fugues.
“Few poets make ideas as tactile as Tina Schumann. At once readily accessible and piercingly ambiguous, Requiem: A Patrimony of Fugues presents both the heartbreak and the epiphanies involved in caring for a beloved parent who is gradually fading into self-eradicating dementia. Each deeply elegiac poem stands on its own while serving as yet one more critical juncture in this most remarkable sequence. The volume astonishes not simply because of its consistently remarkable phrasing or its myriad musical nuances, but because of the inventive line-by-line composing and the manifold interpretative possibilities on every page. Schumann’s achievement is that the brilliant verse rendering of her ministrations calls us back to her daughterly devotion over and over.” – Kevin Clark, author of “In the Evening of No Warning” and “Self-Portrait with Expletives,” winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series Book Competition. (Pleiades Press)
“It’s a rare poet whose words plumb the depths of our lives with the resonant complexity of music; it’s an ambitious poet who attempts this. In Requiem:A Patrimony of Fugues, Tina Schumann honestly and fearlessly explores what it means to lose a father to dementia. From the opening “Overture (anticipation)” through the final “Long Distance Dirge,” Schumann shuttles back and forth in time, reweaving her father and their complex relationship in memory as he frays. Despair is here, but so is redemption: “what he taught me with intention—that I could bear my own weight, /that I was stronger than I knew.” Every difficult note rings true; every poem will break open your heart, reminding us of our shared, fragile humanity. ”
– Holly J. Hughes, editor of “Beyond Forgetting: Poetry & Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease.” (Kent State University Press)
“As a writer, a musician, and a daughter whose mother had Alzheimer’s, Tina Schumann’s work resonated with me on a variety of levels. The language and the narrative within the poems reaches a crescendo even as Schumann’s father slowly and then more rapidly begins his diminuendo. The poems are both heartbreaking and full of the dark humor that one must cultivate to survive the terrible loss of a parent to dementia. Schumann’s acute portrayal of a daughter’s duty and pain captivates from beginning to end.” – Kate Carroll de Gutes, winner, 2016 Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction and 2016 Lambda Literary Award in memoir.
Go here to read three poems from Requiem. A Patrimony of Fugues http://diodepoetry.com/schumann/