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If My Body Could Speak

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  51 reviews
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 ...more
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Published February 5th 2019 by Button Poetry
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Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is AMAZING! It's relatable. Sometimes it felt like she was writing directly from my brain. I cannot recommend this book enough!
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
because I only feel pretty
when I'm hungry

I loOoOoOoOoOve this. This is such an honest, candid collection and I am honored to have read it.
replacing meals with other practical hobbies
like making flower crowns
or fainting

A lot of this is about the poet's experiences with anorexia, and it's upsetting but also beautiful and I feel it's beneficial, especially for those of us who have struggled/do struggle with body image and eating disorders. She writes about this in such an effective way. I really
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
"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."
Ankita Arora
If My Body Could Speak is a poetry book which feels more like a prose-collection taking you through the life of a woman who was fat once, is thin now and not because she exercised.

These poems capture a lot of things that a woman goes through in the society we live in, from everyone loving a lean body to a relatively fat filled one, the stigma towards periods, a woman's body being nothing more than a tool of seduction and pleasure, molestation and rape, life beyond the aforesaid and more than any
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, anthologies

This is not just a book of poetry.

It's a critique of society, of women's place in that society, of eating disorders, of sexuality, of sexual violence that HAPPENS to be in the form of poetry.

It reminds me of some of Carol Ann Duffy's work in places; it has that kind of feel to it, what with the line breaks and patterns across the page. It also reminds me of Amanda Lovelace's poetry; it's got the same kind of content.

Thing is,
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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. A ...more
Vanessa vermette
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it

I don't know anything about poetry....but I love what it says. This book was good. I would recommend it because everything that is said here is si freaking true!
It touched me a lot. I think a lot of us woman, girls will recognize ourselves in some parts of this book.

Thank you for giving me the Arc!
Shaylee (Bookswithshayydeniece_)
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Very powerful! This is what it's like to be a woman! I personally have not be a victim of rape but I can definitely speak to how it feel to be afraid to go places alone. I think every girl/woman should read this book and maybe men if they want to know what it's like to be a girl today!
Shirley Cuypers
Review to come!
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blythe Baird's first full-length poetry collection hurts. As the collection develops, we witness Baird grappling with her place in high school, experimenting, finding her identity, struggling with her parents, and, finally, being the victim of sexual violence that changes the collection. The poems develop formally, tonally, and the reader can follow their progression through elementary and high school and the author's changing sexuality. Trauma changes everything. This reviewer liked how the col ...more
Kath West
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*Thank you to NetGalley, Button Poetry, and Exploding Pinecone Press for this ARC.

"Today, the average high school student has the same anxiety levels as the average 1950's psychiatric patient." - HIGH SCHOOL

“There are days I want people to like me more than I want to change the world.” – POCKET-SIZED FEMINISM

"the careful art of keeping alive a dead thing" - TAXIDERMY

Blythe Baird's work is no stranger to me - I first heard "When the Fat Girl Gets Skinny" when I was in the throes of my own eating
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
**Received free ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Blythe Baird tells her stories, and at least one reality of what it is like living as a young woman pre- and post-#MeToo, through accessible and clever verse. She delves into topics many of us - regardless of gender - are scared to speak about out loud: trauma, mental illness, and the type of feminism that isn't always considered 'cool' by the bros.

Baird recounts the struggles of developing and overcoming a mindset consumed by
Nathan Bartos
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
*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” w
Noor Lightwood
*Sent to me by Button Poetry through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review * Thank you Button Poetry and Netgalley for sending this to me.
This book talk about subjects such as Love،Being Gay، eating disorder ،feminism ،sex and rape. I would recommend it if any of these subjects interest you.

As I got through 45% of it I started to enjoy it more، I highlighted 10 poems ، there was one poem about zodiac signs ،this was probably my favorite . I don’t believe in them I just like to read about th
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
“There are days I want people to like me
more than I want to change the world.” - Blythe Baird, Pocket-Sized Feminism

I’ve read quite a lot of poetry this last few weeks, IF MY BODY COULD SPEAK by Blythe Baird is by far one of my favorite collections. It deals with the body, trauma, and feminism in a raw way. I’ve connected with the poems, felt their words affect. I could still relate on various levels. This collection brings together so many important themes in a woman’s life. Baird goes straight
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blythe's poetry has been making me cry, think, and heal since I was 15. My opinions of her poetry are incredibly biased as I've been an avid fan for over 3 years now, but I'm under the belief that there is no other way to view poetry than a deeply personal form of art and writing. This collection is phenomenally written, and includes the best of some of her poetry than I've previously seen and new pieces that hit me with emotions for the first time. While her poetry is perfect for relating to, t ...more
Mamata Rao
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
My rating: 4/5
If My Body Could Speak by Blythe Baird

If My Body Could Speak is a book with collection of various prose.

It speaks about love and lust, about being fat once and then losing it because of health reasons and unhealthy food habits and becoming thin now.

It talks about how a society body shames women because they are not slim and lean, how women are criticized now and then. How they lose body fat not because of excercise but because of unhealthy food habits and mental disorders. How the
Ramona Mead
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a powerful collection of poems that any female can relate to. The writing is emotionally raw and forceful, the imagery is beautifully vivid and gut-wrenching. The tone of the collection is one of anger and healing. I especially appreciate how Baird makes it clear that poetry is the only stage where she feels safe talking about her personal experiences and the issues of rape, violence, and sexism. Her poems are very succinct, and point out the frequency with which these issues occur in ou ...more
Amy Layton
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poems
Wow.  There was something calling out to me about this book, and I'm glad I listened.  This is one of the most powerful compilations of poetry I've read in a good long time.  Baird discusses, rape, sexuality, eating disorders, make-up, growing up a woman, and love.  My personal favorites in this collection include "The Kindest Thing She Almost Did", "The Lesbian Reevaluates", and "Horoscopes for Self-Doubt".  These and the other poems are just so articulate and beautiful.  They're truly poems to ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This collection of poetry examines the author's depth of experience as it relates to surviving rape, disordered eating, depression and anxiety, and wrestling with her own sexuality. These poems are raw, honest, and they cut to the core of her own self in a level of vulnerability that is rare in today's world. I loved so many of them for their honesty and imagery, and I was so impressed by the way the author plays with language and expectation in order to create an impact.

A few of these poems in
Tesha Ham
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brutally honest and raw, this title is a phenomenal read that every woman, from teens to older ages, needs to read. The poems are so real and relate-able for the majority of the female population with it's pieces on sexuality and the way woman's bodies are seen, body image, eating disorders, stress and anxiety, bullying, body development and much more. Each piece is emotional and connects with the readers' experiences in life. I would highly recommend.

I voluntarily read and received a free ARC c
Mads (readingwithmadss)
This is the first poetry book that I have ever read and I was not disappointed. “If My Body Could Speak” is raw and from the heart. It is beautiful and emotional. I loved every bit of it (to the point that I stayed up late just to finish it). These poems touch on topics such as eating disorders, body image, rape and rape culture, feminism, sexuality, and more. I want to thank Blythe Baird for putting her poems out there to share with the world. This is definitely the kind of book I wish was requ ...more
Deanna Blackburn
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This collection of poems was absolutely fantastic. Blythe has an amazing way of conveying how it feels to be a girl dealing with poor body image and surviving sexual assault while trying to make the most of life. I lived through her words and even when she spoke of things I didn't personally connect with, I still felt like I totally understood, because she just wrote about those things so well. No poem was too long or drawn out and that displays her talent perfectly. Some poems were short and hi ...more
Kat Apple
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
**I was provided a free ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

"if I sink, it will be in my own ocean. if I float, it will be on the ship I built myself"

I have loved Blythe's poetry for years now, and some of her best spoken word poems are included in this book. If My Body Could Speak is a startling insistence at survival, as demand to be better. It takes a special writer to leave room for the reader to find themselves in poems so specific and personal. If you're looking for a new poe
Robert Zimmermann
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book put a lot of things on paper that I never really knew how to explain. I am forever thankful that it exists because, as fucked up as it is, it made me feel like maybe I wasn't alone in what I was feeling. That even if people around me couldn't really understand, there was someone out there who did.
Justine Magowan
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blythe's poems always rip me apart because of her honesty. As a survivor who consistently feels more like I am still in the process of surviving, her poems have been there for me when I needed them most. I clutched this book while I read through my tears as they escaped my eyes. I feel her words in my bones.
Zeta Abernathy
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blythe Baird is a truly wonderful poet and it shows in this new book of hers.
Her poems are inspiring talking of both survival and recovery. She brings a certain power to them that makes you think, sometimes smile, and bring you awareness and comfort. Truly something everyone should have in their possession.
Diah R
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, poetry
Honest, real, and amazing. It acted as a reminder to forgive myself (and asking forgiveness to my body) and tackled issues I do care about.


(I received a digital ARC via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)
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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
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