Shaping the Fractured Self review in Southerly Journal


It is wonderful to see Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain continue to have meaning for so many. This anthology, which was published last year, includes poems and essays written by a number of Australian writers who struggle with some form of chronic pain and/or illness.

Katerina Bryant, nonfiction writer based in South Australia, says in her review in the Southerly Journal, ‘Is it strange that these poems, while often devastating, don’t fill me with sadness? Reading stories of illness, this is what it is to be (un)seen. The collection shows the duality of being cast out and cut free.’

Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain (ed. Heather Taylor Johnson), includes poems and essays by me, Anne M Carson, Stuart Barnes, David Brooks, Beth Spencer, Quinn Eades, Ian Gibbins, Andy Jackson, Rachael Wenona Guy, Rachael Mead and Leah Kaminsky, among others. It is available from UWA Publishing, and bookshops.

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