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How How Pictures Heal - My Featured Blog for the Transformative Language Arts Assoc.

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On March 1, 2017, my six-week online course, "How Pictures Heals," begins, sponsored by the Transformative Language Arts Network. Here's my article featured in the TLA blog about the healing process of writing from personal photos.


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My Interview about Tree of the Apple is featured on the Carpe Noctem Blog


Poet Nicole Rollender, who edits the Carpe Noctem Blog, just interviewed me about my new chapbook of poetry and prose, Tree of the Apple. I really enjoyed answering her probing questions about what kind of world I was trying to create in shaping my chapbook and about how my poetry process works and much more. 

Here's an excerpt - I hope you'll read the interview here

What were you trying to achieve with your book?
I wanted to feel close to my father every day I was losing him to Alzheimer’s. Also, because he was smart and funny and brave and tender and hopeful and appreciative – and he fought back hard against losing what he loved, and I admired him for that even when it made caretaking scary and tough.
I wrote poetry as a way to understand what he was trying to tell us after he lost his words – his caretakers, friends, and loved ones. Also, his “wrong” words activated my poetic imagination with fresh, startling metaphors and point of view.


My New Chapbook, Tree of the Apple, is available for pre-order at Two of Cups Press!

Kelly DuMar's new poetry & prose chapbook, Tree of the Apple, is available for purchase now at Two of Cups Press


About Tree of the Apple Poetry & Prose, by Kelly DuMar

In this beautiful cycle of lamentations, Kelly DuMar follows her father through the wasteland of Alzheimer’s, tracking his failing mind with the faithfulness of a daughter and a poet. The sounds of the words as I say them, he watches, she writes, evoking the fathomless movements behind his eyes. Elsewhere, she lets him speak for himself as he gathers petals under a trellis: This is how you bend without tipping/This is how you kneel and lift a soft thing/up like a flake of cold that falls from a cloud/when it’s white all over. This is how you lose without breaking, says this book, so filled with that rare poetic sentiment: steadfast family love. At the end, all five siblings gathered around his bed, someone hits on the idea of reading David Copperfield out loud. …we take turns reading/to each other with the masterful passion of a/parent comforting a child to sleep at the end/of a day breaking. Keep this little book nearby, for its passion and its comfort, because nothing comforts like knowing you are accompanied in your sorrows. - Aimée Sands

Holiday Offer - 10% off My Online Course: How Pictures Heal

The Transformative Language Arts Association is offering a holiday discount on my upcoming online course - register by Dec. 31, 2017 to receive 10% off! Click here to go to the registration page - and feel free to contact me at kellydumar@kellydumar.com if you have any questions or concerns!