Leila Pepper is a defiant and honest writer who rails against old age with the poems in this newest collection, The Hidden World. She tackles the subject of death, a preoccupation that plagues some elderly people. She writes how she wonders “if death comes easily/like rolling over or/turning out the light.” She writes about watching a television science show where scientists are exploring the ravages of old age on the brain, and watches one of these individuals slicing into the brain to see what they might find. But Pepper isn’t afraid. She tackles old age, the slowness that comes to the limbs, the forgetfulness, the problems with other people’s perceptions that you begin to shut down, and aren’t as sharp. She writes that she feels “immersed in the warmth of everyday life.”
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