‘Other Voices/Other Lives’ recounts visits to assisted living site

October 05. 2016 1:21PM

Two years ago Barbara Bald and friend Beth Fox decided to explore the possibility of reading poetry to assisted living residents of Sugar Hill Retirement Community in Wolfeboro.

They discovered that not only did residents seem to enjoy it but that the readings stirred memories. These sharing sessions became a way of helping folks connect with each other on a deeper level, and Bald and Fox still are reading to these residents twice every month, and wherever possible, turning their thoughts into poems.

Bald and Fox have created both individual and group poems, which are recounted in the book “Other Voices/Other Lives.”

The Lakes Region poets will give a reading and sign their book at a 7 p.m. program Thursday at the Wolfeboro Library.

Bald was a science educator for middle school students for 22 years. She also worked for New Hampshire Public Television in the area of instructional television, and was a counselor and a teacher of life education.

Her poems have been published in a variety of anthologies: “The Other Side of Sorrow,” The 2008 and 2010 “Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire,” “For Loving Precious Beast,” “Piscataqua Poems,” “The Widow’s Handbook,” “Sun and Sand,” “In Gilded Frame” and other anthologies published by Kind of Hurricane Press. Her recent full-length book is called “Drive-Through Window” and her chapbook on aging is entitled “Running on Empty.”

Fox who is a contributor to the anthology “Other Voices/Other Lives,” is a retired teacher and art-lover who , was active in the Wakefield Arts Council for many years. Her poems have been published in “The Poets’ Touchstone,” “Piscataqua Poems: A Seacoast Anthology,” “Avocet” and “The 2010 Poets Guide to New Hampshire.”

After the reading , there will be an open mic for poets wishing to share their own work. For more information, send email to Bald at river1@worldpath.net.


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