Review: If My Body Could Speak, by @blythe_baird

Title: If My Body Could Speak
Author: Blythe Baird
Rating: 5/5 stars

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.” (description from Goodreads)

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Yet another amazing collection that Button Poetry has put out. I bought a copy knowing only that I have yet to be disappointed by the publisher’s previous titles. Now, having read Baird’s poems, I can say that I was blown away and wish I had more from the poet to read.

The poems are filled with honesty and beauty, all while not shying away from heavy subject matter. Baird could easily be my new favorite poet. I’ll be keeping on eye out for anything new from now on!

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

Button Poetry | Amazon | B&N | Kobo

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About the Author:

Blythe Baird is a 19-year-old actress, poet, and feminist. In 2014, she represented Chicago as the youngest competitor at the National Poetry Slam. In 2015, she returned to NPS representing the Twin Cities Unified team. 

Her work has been published or featured by The Huffington Post, Ashton Kutcher, A-Plus, Write Bloody, EverydayFeminism, Button Poetry, Chicago Literati, Banango Street, and Wicked Banshee, among others. She is currently studying creative writing, women’s studies, and ASL at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. 

With three nominations at the ICFF including Best Picture, Baird takes on the role of Stephen Baldwin’s daughter in Auslynn Films 2015 indie feature “The UnMiracle.” 

In the past year, Baird’s poetry has gone viral on the internet. Her poem “Girl Code 101” has been utilized in academic lesson plans across the globe, featured in Occidental College’s updated “The Vagina Monologues,” and holds the state title for Poetry Interpretation at Colorado’s national speech tournament.

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New Release: People Kill People, by @EllenHopkinsLit

People Kill People

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Someone will shoot. And someone will die.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins tackles gun violence and white supremacy in this compelling and complex novel.

People kill people. Guns just make it easier

A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse, bought by a teenager for needed protection. But which was it? Each has the incentive to pick up a gun, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression?

One tense week brings all six people into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions. Someone will fire. And someone will die. But who?

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

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About the Author:

Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author of CrankBurnedImpulseGlassIdenticalTricksFalloutPerfectTrianglesTilt, and Collateral. She lives in Carson City, Nevada, with her husband and son. Hopkin’s Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest pages get thousands of hits from teens who claim Hopkins is the “only one who understands me”, and she can be visited at ellenhopkins.com. 

Like most of you here, books are my life. Reading is a passion, but writing is the biggest part of me. Balance is my greatest challenge, as I love my family, friends, animals and home, but also love traveling to meet my readers. Hope I meet many of you soon!

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New Release: Glimmerglass Girl, @HollyLynWalrath

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Glimmerglass Girl is a collection of poetry and images about womanhood and femininity. This debut collection from author Holly Lyn Walrath explores life, love, marriage, abuse, self-harm, the body, death, and alcoholism through the lens of a woman’s heart. It takes readers through a speculative and fantastical world of fairy tales and unicorns where femininity is as powerful and delicate as a glass-winged butterfly.

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You can buy this book from:

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Be sure to check out Next to You, the first Love with Altitude novel in this series of interconnected standalones!

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Finishing Line Press | Amazon | B&N

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About the Author:

Holly Lyn Walrath’s poetry and short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Luna Station Quarterly, Liminality, and elsewhere. Her chapbook of words and images, Glimmerglass Girl, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2018. She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Texas and a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. She is a freelance editor and host of The Weird Circular, an e-newsletter for writers containing submission calls and writing prompts. Find her online at her website or on Twitter.

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New Poetry Release: Room 5608, by Haley Macleod

Room 5608

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Room 5608 is the debut poetry book of Haley MacLeod. A remedy for the soul. An anthem for survivors of mental illness, addictions, heartbreak, and grief. Divided into three chapters DEPARTURE, ARRIVAL and SHADOWS, you will find the pages enriched with soulful themes of melancholy, nostalgia, and recovery. MacLeod bares her soul in this collection of poetry + prose, exposing the light she found within the depths of her scars; healing herself while bringing the reader on a journey of healing too.

 

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Grab your copy over on:

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About the Author:

Haley MacLeod is a Canadian writer. Born and raised in Calgary, she has spent a decade of her life with a pen in her hand. At a young age MacLeod knew her purpose was to heal souls through her gift of writing – colouring the world around her through the shades of writing and poetry. Art has always been a liberating outlet for MacLeod, having come from a background of dance, acting, singing, and songwriting. She has spent the past couple years building a name for herself mainly in the poetry community; from teaching poetry to students, to having her words tattooed on the skin of her fans, to even celebrities like Jessie J, reposting her work online. She is known for her resilient spirit and ability to bring solace to those around her throughout their darkest times. 
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#PoetryMonth New Release: The Body Remembers, by @thebookishpoet

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In light of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, the short poetry collection will address sexual assault, drawing on the author’s own experience by examining what happens to bodies and minds after being assaulted.

The Body Remembers will discuss the following: anxiety, blood, childhood abuse, depression, dissociation, post-traumatic stress disorder, rape, sexual assault, stalking, suicidal ideations. This is a graphic poetry collection. Please practice self-care during and after reading this collection.

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Want to grab a copy now? You can find it over on

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About the Poet:

Melissa Jennings lives with their super cute cat Dora in the sometimes sunny but always vibrant city of Glasgow, in Scotland. Melissa is a bookworm, currently studying towards an MA in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. Please use they/them/theirs in reference to the author in a review and/or comment.

They have published two poetry collections: Afterlife and Dear Judas. The author is also currently and chaotically working on their next poetry collections, The Body Remembers, Underworld, and Ethereal.

In their spare time, Melissa enjoys painting, hanging out with their little kitten Dora, crying over poetry, and attempting to lessen their TBR list on their bookshelves.

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#PoetryMonth: $0.99 sale on @TheBookishPoet’s collections!

If your TBR hasn’t gotten big enough from the poetry I’ve shared so far this month, I’m about to help it expand even more!

To cut right to the point: Here are two poetry collections (one full-length, one chapbook length) from Melissa Jennings that are on sale for only $0.99 until May 1st. I grabbed them up this morning and thought you’d like to check them out as well. You can find links to each right…about…now:

Afterlife is a collection of poetry about catharsis, self-love, and self-revolution. Afterlife is a journey from the darkness to the light again, and again, and again.

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Afterlife is a collection of poetry about catharsis, self-love, and self-revolution. Afterlife is a journey from the darkness to the light again, and again, and again.

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About the Poet:

Melissa Jennings lives with their super cute cat Dora in the sometimes sunny but always vibrant city of Glasgow, in Scotland. Melissa is a bookworm, currently studying towards an MA in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. Please use they/them/theirs in reference to the author in a review and/or comment.

They have published two poetry collections: Afterlife and Dear Judas. The author is also currently and chaotically working on their next poetry collections, The Body Remembers, Underworld, and Ethereal.

In their spare time, Melissa enjoys painting, hanging out with their little kitten Dora, crying over poetry, and attempting to lessen their TBR list on their bookshelves.

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#PoetryMonth: @ButtonPoetry and the poet’s I’ve enjoyed

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Most of the books I buy, borrow from the library, and just in general read aren’t influenced by who brought them to the world by publishing them. What usually matters to me is who wrote them and what a book is about. Recently, this has changed slightly.

I first discovered Button Poetry a few years ago. I think I stumbled upon their Youtube presence at the time, subscribed to them, but didn’t dive deep into all the content. I’m not one to spend hours on Youtube, even though I now regret that. I could have found many great poets earlier if I had paid more attention.

Fast forward to the end of 2017 when I saw one of my author-friends tweet about the poetry collection Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim. I don’t see many people on my Twitter feed who read and/or write fiction talk about poetry. So I looked into the collection, read a few poems…and I needed to get a copy. So I did. I read it. I loved it. And I needed more. That’s when I looked up some of the titles in the back of the book and found I could get a few through the library system (it’s so great being linked to a majority of Colorado libraries!). It didn’t take long before my TBR was filled, then read. In turn my to-buy list has increased, as well.

Button poetry publishes all these great poets, but also is a community for poets to thrive in. I don’t know all the ins and outs of it all, but I hope they continue to do the great work they do. I’ve yet to be wowed by one of their books and I’ll continue to look to them for groundbreaking poetry when I need it.

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I can’t let you all go without highlighting a few of my favorite collections. That wouldn’t be nice of me. In no particular order, I’d like to bring to your attention:

 

depression and other magic tricks

Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem “Explaining My Depression to My Mother” has become a cultural phenomenon with over 50,000,000 views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living. Benaim’s wit, empathy, and gift for language produce a work of endless wonder.

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Helium

Helium is the debut poetry collection by internet phenom Rudy Francisco, whose work has defined poetry for a generation of new readers. Rudy’s poems and quotes have been viewed and shared millions of times as he has traveled the country and the world performing for sell-out crowds. Helium is filled with work that is simultaneously personal and political, blending love poems, self-reflection, and biting cultural critique on class, race and gender into an unforgettable whole. Ultimately, Rudy’s work rises above the chaos to offer a fresh and positive perspective of shared humanity and beauty.

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We Slept Here

We Slept Here is a case study in vulnerability and honesty. In this sequence of memoir-esque poems, Sierra DeMulder pulls at the threads of a past abusive relationship and the long road to forgiveness. The poems themselves become that which was taken from her. These are hard poems, made up of clarity and healing, which attempt to share some of their peace with the world.

Buy a copy

 

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