Where’s My Ritspick?

Lynn Young lives and works in Honolulu as a teaching artist in elementary schools and as a caregiver for elders in their homes. This is her first book of poetry.

About the Book Design: "The design of this book embodies multiple facets of memory, in particular, the confusion and time/space disorientation that occurs in elders with memory loss. The book has a lot of empty space. This functions to slow readers down, allowing them to take their time, as they would when caring for an elder. The empty space, along with the the hand-punched ellipses motif, indicates that something is missing, both literally and symbolically. The reader can see through these punctures in the surface, just as a caregiver does. The typography throughout the book varies to show the ever-changing relationship between patient and caregiver. Symbolic photographs of perfume bottles reflect nostalgia. Just as eldercare is a labor of love, so too is the experience of this hand-sewn book." Lauren Trangmar

Where’s My Ritspick?
By Lynn Young • 2015 • Unpaginated • $16
Design by Lauren Trangmar


“Where’s my ritspick?” is Alzheimer’s English for “where’s my lipstick?” The language is generative, leading to “cricket,” “misfit,” “aspic,” “mystic” and other words whose meanings have escaped the speaker, or indeed the listener. In this beautifully designed and hand-made chapbook, Lynn Young gently, and with precision, notes the chaos of dementia. She weaves in advice for caregivers (“Avoid criticizing or correcting”) and includes beautiful photographs of perfume bottles that belonged to one of the women she cared for. Anyone interested in Alzheimer’s, documentary poetry, and the book arts should have this book.


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