Review | If my body could speak, Blythe Baird

  • Reps: mental health issues, eating disorder.
  • TWs & CWs: eating disorder, mental health issues.
  • VF: //
  • Niveau d’anglais: facile.

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. 
( via Goodreads)

If my body could speak parle de ce combat que l’on mène pour garder une place dans le monde alors qu’on souhaiterait simplement ne pas en prendre du tout. Blythe Baird nous dessine un chemin a travers les différentes modes et manières de pensées sur les femmes et leurs corps. A travers l’amour, la perte, et les problèmes qu’entraine les troubles alimentaires, If my body could speak use d’une narrative tranchante et d’une imagerie crue pour réussir à travers toutes les couches d’une existence, parlant à toutes les générations.
(traduction personnelle)

My review

This is the kind of poetry you can feel helped the writer heal a little. It holds something powerful in its beauty, something that will open your eyes on what might be happening in your own head. It is a very personal take on mental health and eating disorders and yet, I felt it. I got it. A bit of my own experience echoed through this, and it was also healing material. I like to put my pain into words but I am no poet, here I felt like someone did the same for herself and that’s amazing. I never have a lot to say about poem collections because it gets really personal reading them, and I have too many feelings to give feedback. But also because reviews are all about giving thoughts about something, and I feel like I can’t sort my thoughts on poem collections, since I would have to go over every poem. And this would be one hell of a long review, wouldn’t it?

Your sexuality is not a promise you have to keep.

This. This quote. Just above. Read it well, for it is one of the most powerful things I have ever read or heard. When you are a teenager, you struggle to find yourself, to know who you are. It is an obsession, you want to put words to the things and people you love, and you do. But then, it can happen you grow out of the sticker you put on yourself. And then, the guilt. You might feel like you didn’t only lie to yourself, but to others. The poem from this collection The lesbian reevaluates is one of my favourite, because it deals with this. And it shows how okay it is, because sexuality is a fluid thing that should not feel bad for.

If your body could speak, would she forgive you?

My favourite part of this collection is how the author reflects on her eating disorder not only as something that took her down but also as something that built her in many ways. But contrary to a lot of works of poetry I have read on eating disorders, this one does not only go through the sick side of it but also to how we can find a way out of it. How dangerous it can be. How violently it can change a life and your mental health, and also how it affects your relationships. Blythe Baird qualifies the body as feminine, and this is so important, for many reasons. For someone who identifies as a woman (fully, or partly), I think it is important to look at your body as a real part of who you are, not only an envelope. This way, you can accept it more, and accept yourself more on the way. Self-love is a process and this collection is a step to get there.


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3 commentaires sur “Review | If my body could speak, Blythe Baird

    1. Hello!

      Honnêtement celui-ci est incroyable ! Si tu n’es pas trop poésie en général, je pense que tu peux tenter. C’est de la poésie morderne, donc très différent de ce que l’on a l’habitude de lire ^^


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