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Poets&Writers Writing Craft essay: Body in the Mirror

Here is "Body in the Mirror"

 

"...it took participation in grassroots feminism and reading great poets (for me, Gertrude Stein and Walt Whitman) before I could find my belly with my hands and write that it was soft to the touch."

 

It is the first in a series of four essays that will be appearing each Monday at the Poets&Writers website.  This one is about a writing exercise that helps writers be more connected to the bodies in their work.  It's also a story about how I started writing the essays and poems in Belly Songs: in celebration of fat women.

 

 

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