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SATURN RETURN: POEMS ON TRAUMA, HEALING AND ATTACHMENT
Saturn Return is the third book in the trilogy of poetry collections written after the death of my uncle. The first two books Day by Day and Guardian Angel focus on the grieving process and impact of complex PTSD from childhood abuse. Saturn Return was written during the process of separating from my partner of 13 years, entering into a new relationship and exploring polyamory. Many of the poems discuss building secure attachment, grief and healing from loss. 2020 was a challenging year for us all. For me, it was a year that brought immense pain, sadness, growth and confidence in pursuing who I am and what kind of life I want for myself.
The title, Saturn Return was inspired by the astrological significance of Saturn returning to the same place in orbit it was present at the time of an individual’s birth. This is said to occur every 29.5 years and often signifies a major life shift. The upheaval present during a Saturn Return is often similar to another major event in that persons life in the past. During the time of their Saturn Return a similar event may take place, which they now have the opportunity to respond differently to. In my personal journey, my Saturn Return occurred during the death of my uncle, leading me to reprocessing the trauma associated with losing my biological family as a teen. The choices I made during my Saturn Return, led me to where I am now.
My poetry includes topics of physical and emotional abuse, trauma, depression and anxiety, PTSD, abandonment, foster care, queer identity and female sexuality. As a survivor of physical and emotional abuse, my writing has provided me with an outlet to share both my pain and joy. Please honour yourself if you choose to read my writing by knowing your limits, triggers and most importantly, knowing it is okay to not read it at all.