From the Publisher
Poetry. In Fat Girl, Jessie Carty asks us to strip and stand naked in front of a mirror. These poems are our own reflection. Bittersweet in nature, they are self-perception. They size us up and tell the truth: that man or woman, we all struggle to feel at home in our own skins.
The poems of Fat Girl explore one woman’s life-long struggle with weight, social (mis)perception, and self-worth.
Says 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’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. Jessie teaches at RCCC in Concord, North Carolina, and edits the online journal Referential Magazine.