One of our six Pushcart nominations, Ocean Vuong’s “Self-Portrait with Exit Wounds,” has won a Pushcart Prize and will be featured in the next Pushcart anthology. The poem first appeared in ASSARACUS ISSUE 08. Congratulations, Ocean!
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
Helen Losse, author of Seriously Dangerous and Better With Friends
Fat Girl is a treasure not only as a poetry collection but also as a potential tool to build self-esteem in women (and perhaps, men) of all ages and sizes. Jessie Carty personifies the “rounded pain of wanting” as everything from a brownie in her pocket to the infant she will never hold and conveys the truth that every fat girl is “more than cottage cheese hips.” These are accessible poems of acute and autobiographical honesty, yet the very human question remains, are we “good enough” to love our own “reflections”?
Scott Owens, author of The Fractured World:
Hunger, desire, overindulgence, shame, fitting in, transformation, and acceptance — these are the realities of human existence. In these unblinkingly honest poems, Jessie Carty covers them all, examining, revealing, and redefining individual and iconic images of self, femininity, and humanity in what might be coined “the life and times of the self-conscious.” “The way to a man’s heart,” it has been said, “is through his stomach.” For the speaker of these poems, it may also be the way to the human soul.
Jessie Carty brings her chunky chapbook to SRP this September! Jessie’s poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have appeared in publications such as Iodine Poetry Journal, Main Street Rag and The Dead Mule. Previous to Fat Girl, she authored two chapbooks, At the A & P Meridiem (Pudding House, 2009) and The Wait of Atom (Folded Word, 2009). Her first full length of poetry collection, Paper House, was published by Folded Word in 2010. When she’s not busy writing, Jessie teaches at RCCC in Concord, North Carolina, and edits the online journal Referential Magazine.