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Fat Poets Speak is timely given a sociocultural climate in which fat bodies are considered diseased and blamed for everything from rising medical costs to global warming. (Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona called obesity "the terror within.") Rampant discrimination against fat people has been documented and currently is legal in every state but Michigan. Campaigns aimed at "childhood obesity" have shamed and teased fat children and increased the fears of all children. And despite the existence of an almost $60 billion weight loss industry in the U.S., there is still no safe, effective means to permanently make fat bodies lean. In such a culture it takes courage for fat women, especially, to express anything but shame about their bodies. Fat Poets Speak is part of and intended for the growing movement reclaiming "fat" as a valid way to exist in the world.

About the Author

Frannie Zellman received her M.A. in creative writing from Boston University and is also the author of the novel FatLand, published hy Pearlsong Press in January 2009. Kathy Barron has a B.A. in English, ran her own health food store, worked as a bodyworker, energy healer and caregiver, and now is pursuing her dream of writing. Anne S. Kaplan is a Certified Personal Business and Life Coach, a "recovering scientist" with a Ph.D. in neuroscience, and a former computer programmer and consultant. Corinna Makris is the proprietress of ThisLushLife.com (a plus-size clothing/living resource). Lesleigh J. Owen has a Ph.D. in sociology and is a college instructor and social activist.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Pearlsong Press (May 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597190160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597190169
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,655,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. L. Weitze on June 8, 2009
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I'm not usually a huge fan of poetry, but this book is a treasure and a joy. No matter where you are personally on your journey to size acceptance, the beautiful poems in this book will resonate with you. If you are just starting out - you'll see the journey ahead of you and the joys of learnign to love and accept yourself; and if you're already there, you'll recognize the pain and joy of the struggle you have passed through. A big plus is each poet's auto-bio in the back. Talented women, looking at being fat from their different viewpoints.
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I cannot praise this book highly enough. It takes on a topic that so many shy away from and not only tackles it, but uses corporeal aspects, large and small, to help us remember that we are worthy, and beautiful, and worth celebrating, and not in spite of our bodies, but because of them. This book will make you laugh, and rage, and cry, and ponder, and you will smile when you finally close the cover. And the words you've let in will haunt you.

This book is a keeper - and one you'll read again and again and again.
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