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November 13, 2015

The Needs of the Many

Brendan Constantine

About This Poem


“This piece began as a series of notes from a period when I first began working with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. It was also a time of huge personal loss, when one discovers at depth the meaning of expressions heard for years. In this case it was, ‘You never get over it, kid. You just find a new normal.’ The poem is part of a forthcoming collection titled Dementia, My Darling, which will be published by Red Hen Press in 2016.”
Brendan Constantine

Brendan Constantine: "The Needs of the Many"

Brendan Constantine is the author of Calamity Joe (Red Hen Press, 2012). He teaches at Windward School in Los Angeles, California.

Poetry by Constantine


Calamity Joe

(Red Hen Press, 2012)

"The Sadness of Clothes" by Emily Fragos


"Grief Work" by Natalie Diaz


"My Mother Sent Me" by Michael Meyerhofer




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