I Breathe in is an uplifting collection of poems where love and hope win over despair to affirm we are not alone in times of difficulty.
Told in two parts, the first (Earthquakes) leads us through shaky aftershocks of loss and grief, while the second (Mountains) elevates us to reawaken our joy for life.
Themes include family, fear, anger, sex, adultery, feminism, disappointment and loneliness. But by the end, the mood rises through friendship, love, human kindness, acceptance, and the beauty of nature.
Based on true events, the poems tell the tale of a sister whose brother dies and the tremors that unexpectedly reverberate through her life and relationships. It’s a story of loss, conflicting family love and loyalty, and how traumas can impact us forever, yet still be overcome.
The poet, a former BBC Journalist, also weaves a global pandemic, a terrorist attack and an earthquake into the mix.