Count Every Breath: a climate anthology
When the deafening alarm bells of our times drown the chirping of birds and abort the whistling of winds, humanity is compelled to count every breath. Fairytales lie buried in the mountains of ash and “the world droops on its own axis”. This anthology presents a chorus of a deeply disturbing lament at the crisis confronted by humanity now cringing with guilt. But then there is hope of redemption reflected in the confessional tenor of the collective poetic utterance. Each poem locates a fresh poetic idiom for the expression of an unprecedented anguish about the degradation of the environment today. In these chiseled and well-sculpted no-nonsense verses, lies the hope for the survival of life. The diagnosis of the malaise could perhaps make the mountains move and churn out some resolution. Count Every Breath edited by Vinita Agrawal is a collective petition presented by poets in the readers’ court for the protection of the living from extinction.
—Sukrita Paul Kumar, (Poet, Critic, Academic)