10 Aug
Papier-Mache Press 1991 Soft cover 181 pages Anthology on aging

Papier-Mache Press 1991
Soft cover 181 pages
Anthology on aging

This book takes it’s cue from the poem written by Jenny Joseph:


“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
and satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter……” (in-part)

Warning is the first poem in this anthology of essays, photographs and poems, and was the inspiration for my own poem posted here.

When I am an Old Woman is a compilation of sentiments regarding midlife and beyond. A varied semblance of authors and photographers sewn together by it’s Editor, Sandra Martz.

Ruby at the Fair photographer Lyn Cowan

Ruby at the Fair
photographer Lyn Cowan

One of my favored poems in this book, is –

The Thugs
written by Mura Dehn

“The years don’t serve their time,
they’re runaways, they bump each other off
sun up, sun down.

Time, master mugger,
snatched this century
out of my hands
and fled.”

Two Grandmas photographer Therese Becker

Two Grandmas
photographer Therese Becker


Photo by Rod Bradley

This is the type of book that comes back to visit like an old friend you haven’t heard from in years. The kind where not a beat is skipped in the conversations and laughter between you as you see each other again. As though time had stood still.

The photographs depict women in their aging years, and the words overflow with a passion that not everyone can relate to. Except, of course, if your youth has been spent. To those of you who still own the young years of your life, take heed to appreciate that you too carry your book inside until it’s time to let it go.

Ruth Harriet Jacobs said it best in her poem:

Becoming Sixty

“….. A book flowed from my life
to those who needed it
and love flowed back to me…..” (in-part)

Stunning photographs; Passion; and a road shared by all of us. Sooner or later.


  1. Disha at 8:59 p08 #

    Wow! I love the sound of this

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