TITLE: If My Body Could Speak
AUTHOR: Blythe Baird
RELEASE DATE: February 5th, 2019
AGE RANGE: Adult
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.
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 game
we learned how to.
I have run out of compassion for wolves. I have run
out of compassion for anyone who isn’t outraged.
Watch me build an empire from the ashes
of everything that tried to destroy me.
Content warnings for rape, abuse, misogyny, eating disorders