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Fat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving Fatly

Fat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving FatlyFat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving Fatly
edited by Frannie Zellman

April 2014

Original trade paperback  162 pp ISBN: 9781597190794 $16.95 | Ebook ISBN: 9781597190800 $6.99

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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. Royalties from Fat Poets Speak 2 will be donated to fat activist Ragen Chastain.

Contributors to Fat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving Fatly:

Kathy Barron, Anne Kaplan, Lesleigh Owen, Eileen Rosensteel, Mary Ray Worley, Frannie Zellman (contributor and editor)

New Voices:
Hauser, Deb Lemire, Deah Schwartz, M.M. Stein

More info about:
Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets’ Society
Fat Poets Speak 3: FatDance Flying

Grab the Lapels praise for the Fat Poets Speak series:

Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets’ Society
“Really, the glory of reading this collection is that it’s unique — the poets’ feelings about their fat bodies are typically silenced in media.”

Fat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving Fatly
“This collection pushed me significantly. Though I’ve been reading about fat women for years now…the love of fat bodies was surprising. Some part of me has accepted tolerance, rather than love. Can you love a fat body — including your own? The answer is duh, yes, but because the message is so rarely distributed, I was shocked before I could normalize what I was reading.”

Fat Poets Speak 3: FatDance Flying
“Rather than being on the defensive as the authors seemed in Voices of the Fat Poets’ Society, the poets in FatDance Flying call out fatphobia, name it, tear it down or ignore it, taking away the power hate has over them and making the angry person sit in their hate stew. I found myself smiling while immersed in such poems….The poems felt more mature and subtle in FatDance Flying, demonstrating the way this group has grown as poets and people, and it was my favorite of the bunch.”

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