Fat Poets Speak

Fat Poets Speak

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Smart, sassy, sensual and soulful―Five women share the poetry and process of fat embodiment.

In a sociocultural climate in which fat bodies are considered diseased and blamed for everything from rising medical costs to global warning, 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.

The Fat Poets' Society was born during a poetry workshop at the 2006 annual convention of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, a civil rights organization. The poets are donating their royalties to NAAFA.

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About the author

Kathy Barron has a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan, 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, an online plus-size clothing/living resource.

Lesleigh J. Owen has a Ph.D. in sociology and is a college instructor and social activist.

Frannie Zellman received her MA in creative writing from Boston University and is the author of the novels FatLand and FatLand: The Early Days, as well as editor of Fat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving Fatly.  

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Publisher
Pearlsong Press
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Published on
May 6, 2009
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Pages
128
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ISBN
9781597190510
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Language
English
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Genres
Body, Mind & Spirit / General
Poetry / Anthologies (multiple authors)
Poetry / General
Poetry / Women Authors
Self-Help / Eating Disorders & Body Image
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They're baack! The poets from Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets' Society again embrace their lives as fat women in a thin-loving culture and write poems about negotiating their days among different, sometimes dangerous and hate-filled worlds.

But they are more than just their voices. They are women who live and love with gusto, passion and yearning—they live and love fatly.

Fat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving Fatly takes you on a journey through the days of these deeply angry, loving, creative poets. Experience the stages and states through which they travel in the space of 24 hours, in the space of a week, through the months of the year. Laugh, cry, commiserate and celebrate as the poets guide you through highs and lows, sadness and joy, grim defiance and determination and stunning pinnacles of loving and understanding. Especially lush and sensuous poems are starred for the benefit of readers.

The contributors from the first volume, Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets' Society, are back—with the exception of Corinna Makris Winter, whom the poets hope will be able to join them again in the future. This second volume proudly adds Eileen Rosensteel and Mary Ray Worley, founder of the Fat Poets' Society at a NAAFA convention in the Boston area in 2006. Fat Poets Speak 2 also features one poem each by four new voices, activists in the fat acceptance movement.

The Fat Poets' Society is donating royalties from the first volume, Fat Poets Speak, to the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA). Royalties from Fat Poets Speak 2 will be donated to fat activist Ragen Chastain.
In the near future the Pro-Health Laws of the United States of America have become so oppressive that people seeking freedom over their bodies have established a new country. In FatLand, life is good and scales are forbidden. Free from the hatred and discrimination of the Other Side, FatLanders have built happy, productive lives. But not everyone is flourishing.

Ava came to FatLand after her lover died from bariatric surgery. She threw herself into work, believing she was immune from love. Then she saw a beautiful dancer and lost her heart again.

Alvin and Reevie thought that by living in FatLand they could give their children and each other a chance for a life free of sizeism and racism. They didn't count on their lovely twin daughters' curiosity and yearning for excitement and danger.

Joanne and Ed carved out what they thought was a peaceful existence. But their bright children are anything but happy in the well-appointed home and tranquil life their parents had created in FatLand.

Well-to-do, attractive and sophisticated, Dara and Sandor thought they could make the FatLand Board dance to whatever tune they wished. But their way of life and beliefs are about to be tested more severely than either of them could have imagined.

Dreaming and determined, luscious Margaret fled to FatLand after her rich, powerful paramour married a thin woman he didn't care for. She made a deal with her devil so she could publish the top flight newspaper FatLand badly needed. But then the devil called in the cards.

Soon these FatLanders and the freedom fighters on the Other Side will face forces threatening the health and happiness of all.

In the near future the Pro-Health Laws of the United States of America have become so oppressive that people seeking freedom over their bodies have established a new country. In FatLand, life is good and scales are forbidden. Free from the hatred and discrimination of the Other Side, FatLanders have built happy, productive lives. But not everyone is flourishing.

Ava came to FatLand after her lover died from bariatric surgery. She threw herself into work, believing she was immune from love. Then she saw a beautiful dancer and lost her heart again.

Alvin and Reevie thought that by living in FatLand they could give their children and each other a chance for a life free of sizeism and racism. They didn't count on their lovely twin daughters' curiosity and yearning for excitement and danger.

Joanne and Ed carved out what they thought was a peaceful existence. But their bright children are anything but happy in the well-appointed home and tranquil life their parents had created in FatLand.

Well-to-do, attractive and sophisticated, Dara and Sandor thought they could make the FatLand Board dance to whatever tune they wished. But their way of life and beliefs are about to be tested more severely than either of them could have imagined.

Dreaming and determined, luscious Margaret fled to FatLand after her rich, powerful paramour married a thin woman he didn't care for. She made a deal with her devil so she could publish the top flight newspaper FatLand badly needed. But then the devil called in the cards.

Soon these FatLanders and the freedom fighters on the Other Side will face forces threatening the health and happiness of all.

They're baack! The poets from Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets' Society again embrace their lives as fat women in a thin-loving culture and write poems about negotiating their days among different, sometimes dangerous and hate-filled worlds.

But they are more than just their voices. They are women who live and love with gusto, passion and yearning—they live and love fatly.

Fat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving Fatly takes you on a journey through the days of these deeply angry, loving, creative poets. Experience the stages and states through which they travel in the space of 24 hours, in the space of a week, through the months of the year. Laugh, cry, commiserate and celebrate as the poets guide you through highs and lows, sadness and joy, grim defiance and determination and stunning pinnacles of loving and understanding. Especially lush and sensuous poems are starred for the benefit of readers.

The contributors from the first volume, Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets' Society, are back—with the exception of Corinna Makris Winter, whom the poets hope will be able to join them again in the future. This second volume proudly adds Eileen Rosensteel and Mary Ray Worley, founder of the Fat Poets' Society at a NAAFA convention in the Boston area in 2006. Fat Poets Speak 2 also features one poem each by four new voices, activists in the fat acceptance movement.

The Fat Poets' Society is donating royalties from the first volume, Fat Poets Speak, to the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA). Royalties from Fat Poets Speak 2 will be donated to fat activist Ragen Chastain.
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