In Interim Report on Growing Up, the poet tries to record the process of growing up. It is a personal experience, it is a personal book. It gets dark, it gets bitter, it gets (slightly?) better. The report is split into 5 sections. The first one is how everything, even a process, begins: a genesis. The following four parts are named after the phases of the biological process of Meiosis. Meiosis is the process by which a cell divides into two, and then later four cells. These cells are our sex cells: sperm in males, eggs in females. An important aspect is that these cells are no longer identical to the original cell from which they originated, nor are they identical to each other. Each one contains exactly half of the original amount of genetic information. Therefore there is, in very real terms, exactly a meiosis, a splitting, a division. Through exploring some modern and some not so modern themes, such as isolation, capitalism, politics, depression, discrimination, love, dependence, emotional abuse, betrayal, sanity and beyond, the poet records his findings: meiosis / division is sometimes necessary for growth. This report records the process towards reaching, processing and ultimately accepting that realisation. Do keep in mind however, the report is an Interim one.

Cover Art by: Eleni Christoforou

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