Embodied Cover
Title: Embodied
Creators: Format: EBook Print
Color: Color
Romanceiness: Romantic Elements
Heat: R
Tags: queer nonbinary lesbian feminist transgender history of trauma poetry anthology
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Synopsis from the Creator:

Poetry and comics collide in this intersectional feminist anthology featuring twenty-one stories that explore the relationship between gender, identity and the body. A diverse array of award-winning contemporary poets and comic book artists who identify as cis women, trans, and non-binary, work together to create sequential art poems showcasing the relevance, urgency, and power of both genres.

Beautifully illustrated and bracingly written, EMBODIED is a memorable collaboration between cis female, trans, and non-binary poets and comics artists showcasing the power of both forms in a stunningly unique keepsake volume that will be treasured for ages.

Mystical, rooted, painful, joyous, and ecstatic; visions of the body, our genders, and our very identities from across the spectrum of contemporary poetry come together in this monumental intersectional feminist anthology where verse and comics unite in spectacular new ways.

Featuring poetry by national bestseller Maggie Smith, Pulitzer Prize finalist Diane Seuss, and National Endowment of the Arts fellowship recipients Kendra DeColo, Jennifer Givhan, Vanessa Angelica Villarreal, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Ruth Awad, and Paul Tran.

This edition includes a study guide and a process art section.

A percentage of the proceeds will benefit International Women's Health Coalition.

Love In Panels' Review:

Review of Embodied

Review: Embodied: An Intersectional Feminist Comics Poetry Anthology

[fa icon="calendar"] Jun 22, 2021 10:05:00 AM / by Suzanne

I posted a bit about Embodied over on the Love in Panels Instagram account, but I loved this book so much I wanted to make sure it got to as many sets of eyes as possible.
I received a digital review copy of the book but never got around to reading it, so when I saw it's shiny glory on display at my local indie bookstore, I picked it up. The cover is truly gorgeous, a computer image doesn't do it justice. (It's shiny in that silver-blue-purple way that only the best drag gowns are.)

I got home and immediately read the whole thing, but I’m going to have to reread. Embodied is very good but also very layered, and I need to revisit now that I've read the discussion questions at the back.

One of my favorite things about the book is that each poem is done in comic form and then typed out in a page or two immediately following the illustrated version. As with a lot of poetry, many of these poems have a visual component just to the text and reading it both ways have me a deeper understanding of what the writer was going for, what the artist wanted to add.

Really loved this. It’s queer and joyful and sad and speculative and soft and violent and encompasses so many identities.

I’d love to have a group discussion about this someday. (Just say when, friends)


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Content Warnings: abuse, violence, prejudice, cancer, pregnancy, childbirth, body dysmorphia, pretty much anything that can and does come of living as a woman or someone with a female-presenting body

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