• Summary
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  • Subject index

“The ideal supplement for your introductory aging or social gerontology courses, Worlds of Difference, Third Edition, is the only book for undergraduates that addresses the diversity of aging experiences in society by race, gender and social class. “The virtue of this book is that it makes a multicultural, systems of inequality approach to the study of aging accessible to students and it does so by letting people from privileged as well as disadvantaged perspectives speak for themselves”…. Robin Moremen, Northern Illinois University.”

After Sixty
After sixty

The sixth decade is coming to an end

Doors have opened and shut

The great distractions are over—passion … children … the long indenture of marriage

I fold them into a chest

I will not take with me when I go

Everyone says the world is flat and finite on the other side of sixty

That I will fall clear off the edge into darkness

That no one will hear from me again or want to

But I am ready for the knife slicing into the future for the quiet that explodes inside to join forces with the strong old woman to throw everything away and begin again

Now there is time to tell the story—time to invent the new one

Time to chain myself to a fence outside the missile base

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