Becoming the Harvest

By Pauline Le Bel

Categories: Poetry
Imprint: Caitlin Press
Paperback : 9781773861562, October 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-10-18

With playful wit and lyrical style, Pauline Le Bel meditates on the gift of ageing, moving through loss, and the process of finding joy and acceptance at the end of life in Becoming the Harvest.


Becoming the Harvest invites the reader to contemplate the fierce transformative initiations of ageing and death. Le Bel takes readers through a poignant poetic journey inspired by her intimate experience with the deaths of her loved ones, as well as her acceptance, and often delight, in her own ageing body.

Her end of life education began fifteen years ago when she cared for an older sister diagnosed with a terminal illness. It was a soulful time, an unexpected threshold into the beauty and sorrows of living and dying. She sweetened and sharpened her views on ageing and death, finding hope and nuance amid the stark reality. 

With an unflinching and at times playful eye, Le Bel challenges our cultural stories about the end of life, rejecting the merciless stereotype of the Grim Reaper, and poking gentle fun at our common euphemisms for the end. These are poems to welcome the end years, to claim them, touch them, lightly and deeply. To see ageing and death not as the enemy but as a call to live life more fully, to love more thoughtfully.