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Climacteric by Jo Bratten

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Climacteric
noun
1. a critical period or event.
“the first major climacteric in twenty-first-century poetry”
2. the period of life when fertility and sexual activity are in decline; (in women) menopause.
“most women do not experience significant psychological problems at the climacteric”

 

“our hair

is coming out in clumps; we are sweeping 
it from corners, from beneath the bed, 

gathering it into our 
sleepless nest”

 

How can we love ourselves at the climacteric of our lives; of the planet? 

 

Jo Bratten’s debut poetry chapbook bubbles with anger and guilt at the failures of both spirit and body and a coming to terms with loss, for the natural passing of loved ones, and the unnatural passing of our planet’s ecosystems. These poems offer solace: you are not alone – “In the fractured dark we’re all doomscrolling/before dawn, lit up like Caravaggios.” They offer the simplest kind of love: the joy that can be found within nature.

 

“I loved these poems. Jo Bratten’s work has a dark, foreboding quality but it’s also inventive, sensual, and caustic, with bags of attitude and fresh language. Highly recommended.”
-  Luke Wright

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