Marla Kay Houghteling Assisted Living

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These poems chronicle the life of the author's mother (1924-2011) in an attempt to keep her mother from disappearing as dementia removes her from loved ones and memories. The subject, Kathleen Marie Cole Houghteling, grew up in a Michigan village, where her father ran the local bank. She married a local boy, Jack Houghteling, and followed him around the country as he moved from base to base for the U.S. Army during WWII. The deaths of their first daughter, her father, then her mother occured early in her life. The couple had three more daughters. Though the family left their village of Walkerville, a deep connection to the place remained. Kay Houghteling was a gifted pianist, accompanying choral groups at 14. Music was at the core of her being and accompanied her through her last years with dementia. This is a daiughter's perspective on her mother's life through poems written with admiration, guilt, love and longing.

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With fierce honesty and abiding love, Marla Kay Houghteling examines her mother's life in these wonderful vignettes—the young wife, the working woman, the widow, and finally, the old woman who cannot care for herself—the inevitable deterioration of a body once robust and vibrant, a mind once keen and curious, a nature once feisty and blunt. With sadness, with humor, with chagrin, and occasionally with regret, these poems provide glimpses into our own lives, Houghteling's true gift to us. —George Dila, author of Nothing More to Tell In her new book, Assisted Living, Marla Kay Houghteling navigates the landmarks of her mother's life, mostly unassisted. The poet's mother is fading into dementia. Death tugs at her and life offers fewer and fewer points of contact: neighbors whisper in the hallways, the telephone is foreign, the car a final betrayal. In a series of poems that shift between an unwelcome move into assisted living and the fog-shrouded islands of her mother's remembered past, Houghteling struggles with her own guilt and betrayals: “She was rigid, hard-hearted, a stickler for the letter of the law, not the spirit.” Now, when the mother rebels against the charted hours, Houghteling calls it spunk, not combativeness. “She has softened, and I have, too.” Assisted Living is a conjuring of a disappearing parent, an attempt to perform a miracle of recognition. As Houghteling scrubs the mold from the refrigerator and the ring from the tub, she wills her mother to rise up and reclaim herself. And from her words, “There you will find comfort. Things will become clear.” —Heather Shaw, editor, Spirituality & Health (2009); editor-in-chief, ForeWord magazine (2007–2009) Marla Kay Houghteling started her life in Walkerville, Michigan. After college and two years with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, she moved to Pennsylvania. She now resides north of Harbor Springs, Michigan. A recipient of grants and fellowships in literature, she has an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College. The Blue House (2008) was her first book of poems.

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Marla Kay Houghteling started her life in Walkerville, Michigan. After college and two years with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, she moved to Pennsylvania. She now resides north of Harbor Springs, Michigan. A recipient of grants and fellowships in literature, she has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. The Blue House (2008) was her first book of poems.

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