Fat Girl

Fat Girl In Fat Girl Jessie Carty asks us to strip and stand naked in front of a mirror These poems are our own reflection Bittersweet in nature they are self perception They size us up and tell the truth th

  • Title: Fat Girl
  • Author: Jessie Carty
  • ISBN: 9780983293163
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Fat Girl, Jessie Carty asks us to strip and stand naked in front of a mirror These poems are our own reflection Bittersweet in nature, they are self perception They size us up and tell the truth that man or woman, we all struggle to feel at home in our own skins.

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    1. I borrowed this book from a friend and we read it aloud. Powerful and earnest! Carty takes us through the body as seen, reflected, deflected, lived in and owned. I LOVE this chapbook! Sorry I didn't find it when it first came out, but very thankful to have come to it now. Get a copy if you don't have one already! (Sibling Rivalry Press)! LOVE!

    2. This chapbook places the reader up against a mirror and says: LOOK! I was so fortunate to recall this chapbook from Sibling Rivalry Press when a dear writer friend visited. We took turns reading these pieces aloud, then marveling at the wonder inside Carty's poems. Bravery, shame, honesty, indulgence, conforming are just a few words that come to mind. There are entire worlds inside these pages. You will want to get this chap, and keep it close to your heart where it belongs.

    3. Jessie Carty's enjoyable poetry collection, Fat Girl (published by Sibling Rivalry Press) exposes the insecurities we have with our bodies and how we are perceived by others. Carty looks at the question - what is reality when it comes to body image. Fat Girl is accessible and thought provoking. She challenges the reader, with her well-written and honest poems to reflect on their own body image. Carty's poems are honest, truthful and themes I can relate to in my own life. I was once a fat girl to [...]

    4. "Fat Girl" grapples with what Scott Owens calls the realities of human existence: Hunger, desire, overindulgence, shame, fitting in, transformation, and acceptance. As an added bonus, Carty does a marvelous job interweaving the powerful imagery of food throughout the book, a subject that long been of interest this reviewer. The following pieces were my favorites, all of which excel in capturing those realities and the powerful role that food plays in our lives.Basic Geometry is the first dish in [...]

    5. Jessie Carty's engaging collection of poems FAT GIRL is at once entertaining, humorous, well written, and disconcerting. Her topic appears to be a fantasy on her obesity, but it just may be about girls who see themselves as overweight (no, according to Carty's honesty, the word 'fat' must be used!), or even studies in self perception for us all. Each of us has a visual concept of who we are and how we appear to those around us, whether or not that concept relates to reality is a question that Ca [...]

    6. I love this collection for the quiet and painful look into someone who struggles with their weight. Quiet because it is never a sob story; Carty depicts her struggles with weight more as the drudging heft of bad habits instead of a series of crises. I found this a more honest (painful) portrayal of the experience -- you think constantly about your weight and watch it impact everything in your life, yet you feel so defeated you submit to those habits and tell yourself it's impossible to change. I [...]

    7. (4.5 stars) Fat Girl by Jessie Carty is memorable, authentic, and in a manner of speaking, naked. I love the imagery and reality these poems evoke. Much like the Woman of Willendorf, Fat Girl is a work of art that lets it all hang out. My favorites here include: Woman of Willendoff: The ArtifactBasic Geometry Fat Girl at the OB/GYNClass ReunionI'm Trying Weight Watchers Persephone

    8. I absolutely adored this bookwitty, truthful, brave, compelling, and honestssie writes with an unscathed clarity, unafraid to speak of her issues with body image, her love/hate relationship with food, and the inner struggle we all face in our lives at one time or anotherme poems made me smile, in others i found myself nodding in agreemente writers with a truthful clarity you will surely appreciate.

    9. Jessie Carty's chapbook is both funny and searingly blunt about living as a woman of size. If you have ever struggled with your weight, you'll recognize the situations, embarrassment and struggle of the narrator. The societal pressure to be thin runs like an undercurrent here, but so does acceptance of self. Fat Girl can and should be read in one sitting. You'll be rewarded by these poems, which are more timely than ever.

    10. Another amazing poetry collection from this prolific poet. I gave it four stars only because I liked Paper House a wee bit better. This collection is an astonishing read, full of the complexities of the female experience with weight. Jessie Carty is definitely a poet to watch!

    11. A landscape that was stark and lush in turns. Persephone was the poem that grabbed me like a mastiff, shook me about, and flung me away, raw and weeping.So yeah, good stuff.

    12. My concerns all have to do with the way Carty succumbed to a chicken dinner approach to a fat woman’s body: pick it apart piece by piece. Can we not get past this demeaning treatment of fat women? Can we not see value in fat bodies?Full review at Grab the Lapels.

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