Pam Baggett

Pam Baggett

Poetry | Cedar Grove

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Much of Pam Baggett's recent work focuses on her experience as a caregiver during her mother’s last decade as she became increasingly disabled by Alzheimer’s disease. Her poems examine the beautiful and challenging relationship between mother and daughter as their roles begin to blur because of the ever-declining capacity of the parent.
 
She writes about love and laughter as well as the grief, frustration, and powerlessness caregivers endure. In her poem Motherload, she captures the vertigo of identity that family members often experience: “Unmoored, untethered, unmothered, / you call yourself a daughter, but she's forgotten/the child you were at nine or five or two...”
 
Baggett is now building a body of poems about nature, primarily centered on the beautiful land she lives on in Orange County. She has won two Artist Project grants from the Orange County Arts Commission and was the recipient in 2017 of an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council. She has been active in the local literary community, organizing and participating in readings and workshops at libraries, bookstores, and events hosted by community groups. Her work has been included in numerous anthologies and journals and her book, Wild Horses, was a runner-up for the Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest in 2018.