In poems that dig deep into sexuality, acceptance of the body, survival of trauma, and learning to love yourself in spite of everything telling you not to, Baird's voice is a rich addition to her generation. Searing, soaring, and heartbreaking, If My Body Could Speak balances the softness of femininity with the sharpness that girls are forced to become.
Includes poems such as "Girl Code 101", "When the Fat Girl Gets Skinny", and "Pocket-Sized Feminism" that have been watched by millions online.
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This is how to run
a stick of Chapstick down the black boxes
on your scantron so the grading machine
skips over wrong answers.
This is how to honor roll. Hell,
this is how to National Honor Society.
This is being voted Most Likely to Marry
for Money or Talks the Most, Says
the Least for senior superlatives.
This is stepping around the kids
having panic attacks in the hallway.
This is being the kid having a panic attack
in the hallway. This is making the A
with purple half-moons stamped
under both eyes. We had to try.
This is telling the ACT supervisor
you have ADHD to get extra time.
Today, the average high school student
has the same anxiety levels as the average
1950s psychiatric patient. We know
the Pythagorean theorem by heart,
but short-circuit when anyone asks us,
How are you? We don’t know. We don’t
know. That wasn’t on the study guide.
We usually know the answer,
but rarely know ourselves.
Table of Contents
When the Fat Girl Gets Skinny 3
Theories About the Universe 7
I Didn't Always Salivate Over Skeletons 8
Before the Starving 9
Dress Code 10
High School 11
Girl Code 101 12
Beauty Revelation 18
When Your Therapist Asks 19
Pocket-Sized Feminism 20
Skirt Steak Girls 23
I Don't have to Forgive You 25
The Ghost who Stars in my Poetry 26
Evolution of Healing 28
Class Clown 30
Too Pissed to be Sad Anymore 31
Fossilizing Trauma 32
Concerns from a Hot-Boxed Jeep 33
Gal Pals 34
The Way I was Taught to Love 35
Marriage Diorama 38
The Ship I Built 40
The Kindest Thing she Almost Aid 41
What I Couldn't Explain Via Text 44
An Invitation 46
The Lesbian Reevaluates 51
Everything Is Fluid 54
I Lose My Voice During Sex 55
For the Rapists who called Themselves Feminists 57
The Aesthetic of Rape Culture 62
To Live in the Body of a Survivor 64
More Interesting than Suffering 66
If Your Body Could Speak 68
Pruning into Art 69
On An Empty Stomach 73
Horoscopes for Self-Doubt 74
Yet Another Rape Poem 76
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a nice compilation of poems by different individuals. I love how each poet took the liberty to express their emotions, thoughts, and perception of their image. I know so many feel this way and these poem does bring a level of confidence to their image. The only take away is that some poems use explicit language but other than that it was was a good book. I just reviewed If My Body Could Speak by Blythe Baird. #IfMyBodyCouldSpeak #NetGalley
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!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by the publisher through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This is another great entry of contemporary poetry from Button Poetry. This is the first collection I’ve read from Baird, but I’ve had a good track record with the books I’ve picked up from Button Poetry, and this one was no different. The discussion on body issues and eating disorders was so raw and real, and the open “When the Fat Girl Gets Skinny” was absolutely phenomenal and hit really hard. Another poem that hit me especially hard was “Pocket-Sized Feminism” which discusses privilege and feminism: “This house is for wallpaper / women. What good is wallpaper that speaks?” For such a short book, there were quite a few poems that just faded to the background for me, but overall, Baird’s images were interesting and her viewpoint intriguing and, at some points unfortunately, relatable.