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CW sexual violence, eating disorders, mental illness AD Gifted ARCEverything I needed to read A book I needed to heal Raw and honest At times even painful But wonderful Something I ll re read often Even purchased a physical copy Might do a full review blog post This book is AMAZING It s relatable Sometimes it felt like she was writing directly from my brain I cannot recommend this book enough Wow Just wow I have a new favorite modern poet, full stop Never has any poetry book resonated with me quite as hard as this one did It s so unapologetically feminist, bold, brave, body accepting, queer, rape decrying, angry, broken, beautiful and I never wanted it to end I can count eight poems I would tattoo on my body right this very moment Wow. Whether she was talking about eating disorders, surviving sexual assault, or coming to recognize her own love for other women, I related so damn much to every bit of it And I wish I didn t, and I wish she didn t get it, because nobody deserves to go through the things that we and so many other people on this planet have been through, but it feels so good to be seen.I don t even have words I d rather just offer you some of Blythe s This is not female privilege,this is survival of the prettiest.We are playing the first gamewe learned how to I have run out of compassion for wolves I have runout of compassion for anyone who isn t outraged Watch me build an empire from the ashesof everything that tried to destroy me Content warnings for rape, abuse, misogyny, eating disorders All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release Thank you so much to Button Poetry for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review Thank you Button Poetry for providing an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review If My Body Could Speak is a poetry collection about sexual assault, rape, eating disorder, homophobia, and abuse It was painful to read as each verses sucker punched my heart Blythe s words are emotionally powerful I applaud her strength for sharimg her experiences through poetry and I want to hug her tightly While the collection is beautifully written and raw, it might be triggering a warning to everyone Two of my favorites are Pocket Sized Feminism and Horoscopes for Self Doubt Overall, I recommend this collection. It s no secret that I am a sucker for poetry, especially from spoken word artists, and especially especially books from Button Poetry And Blythe Baird s performances of pieces from this collection, especially When the Fat Girl Gets Skinny, have been among my favorites for a while But after Sabrina Benaim s disappointing Depression and Other Magic Tricks, I guess I got a little soured on the whole collections by performers concept, and I did not expect this entire collection to be this great.But I was wrong This book was amazing I read it in a single sitting Seriously, even when I needed to brush my teeth, I took my Kindle with me and kept reading Despite the fact that she is only 22 years old literally my age what , Baird writes with passion and eloquence that few poets established or otherwise manage to achieve Her writing is not pretentious, but it is also not the all too popular Instagram poetry that is so popular as of late Rupi Kaur, I m looking at you The pieces are long enough to feel like fully developed concepts, but short enough to feel compulsively readable and lend themselves easily to the one chapter phenomenon.The collection largely focuses on issues of body image, trauma, sexuality, and personal identity Though the topics are serious, Baird presents them in such a way that they are not overwhelmingly heavy just raw and honest From her own sexual assault to coming to terms with the fact that she is a lesbian, from conflicts with her family to her history of disordered eating, she covers a series of themes that are at once intensely personal and resoundingly universal All of her thoughts are incredibly relevant and timely in a world where women are increasingly under pressure from society and the men around us to be a certain way, act a certain way, and accept terrible things as being just the way things are If My Body Could Speak ought to be required reading for all young women today It is a testament to the strength of the individual and a pointed callout of the problematic society we live in It is beautiful, personal, readable, and so, so important.Trigger warnings for eating disorders, sexual assault, homophobia, mental illness, and mention of self harm Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book of poetry, it really spoke to me, as a woman, as someone struggling with weight alll my life and now trying to accept who I am and learn to be body positive These poems are raw and hit hard So powerful I loved them, even when hard to read, they were wonderful.Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest review I am so mixed on this review There were so many poems I absolutely loved that were insightful and validating It was very clear to me that Blythe Baird is still suffering and using poetry as an outlet for her pain I totally applaud using poetry as a tool to recover, its a healthy outlet, and it offers us something beautiful and haunting to read By the end however, it was also clear that she is just sitting in her pain, to the point where many of the poems almost romanticized mental illness As an assault survivor, this was a bit triggering for me to get through, but many parts felt like she was speaking from inside of my body like the title says There is a necessary discomfort that is expected when reading about these heavy topics, but I found some of the poems to be pushing that boundary in the wrong direction Vindictive maybe, but I still cant find the right word to describe it I have so many thoughts about it that I need to sift through, but i will hold my peace until I get the chance to read it a second time though This collection is easily made worth the purchase through the poems Girl Code 101 Pocket Sized Feminism Skirt Steak Girls and I Lose My Voice During Sex I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I am trying to be happy pay attention to the world around me I do not know if it is possible to do both at the same time. Massive TW for anorexia eating disorders and rape sexual assault also, homophobia.I was THRILLED when I heard that Blythe had a new collection out because I received a copy of Give Me A God I Can Relate To in 2015 and gave it a glowing five stars I first heard about Blythe from Button Poetry AKA the publisher of this new collection and I fell in love with her for her poem Pocket Sized Feminism, which is also in this collection To this day, I still get chills reading some of Blythe s most hard hitting lines, but something about reading this almost four years later has put it into perspective as not quite my favorite.Many of these poems are repeats of ones I ve read or heard her perform before, so half of my enjoyment was revisiting old poems Some of my favorite lines by her brought tears to my eyes and gave me chills I really enjoy her writing because although it s not necessarily lyrical or adherent to any style, her ability to pack a punch in a succinct statement is really honed Still, there were moments where the free verse became a bit too rambly, seemingly unedited, in a way that made the writing too colloquial or childish for my taste It only happened once or twice in a handful of poems, but it was enough to slow me down and make me cringe at a corny line or two I cannot wait to get a physical copy of this because that cover is magnificent Though I can t really relate to the subjects Blythe talks about most of the time, anorexia and rape, her words still really stick with me The 2015 Feminist Whitney probably would have rated this five stars, but in comparison to other feminist collections I ve read, especially by women of color, I think the discussion of feminism is a bit narrow But even if you don t pick up this book, you definitely should search Blythe on YouTube and spare three minutes to hear her read one of her poems She s incredible. ^Book ↡ If My Body Could Speak ☛ If My Body Could Speak Is About Fighting For The Space One Takes Up In A World That Would Rather They Take Up None At All Blythe Baird Deftly And Uniquely Charts A Course Through Various Modes Of Womanhood And Women S Bodies Through Love, Loss, And The Struggles Of Disordered Eating, If My Body Could Speak Uses Sharp Narratives And Visceral Imagery To Get To The Heart Of A Many Layered Existence, Speaking To Many Generations At Once