First Cousin Once Removed is Alan Berliner’s deeply personal portrait of Edwin Honig – poet, translator, critic, and teacher, and his journey through the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. It is an unflinching essay on human fragility and resilience and a stark reminder of the profound role that memory plays in all of our lives. Shot over the course of five years, First Cousin Once Removed artfully documents Honig’s condition with deep compassion, portraying his life with the same raw honesty that resonates in his poetry, written amidst a lifetime steeped in tragedy, love, loss, irony and literary daring.