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Broken Body Fragile Heart

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Miriam Joy's third poetry collection, BROKEN BODY FRAGILE HEART, is an autobiographical exploration of fragility. These poems are about rebuilding body and mind alike: enshrining weakness in poetry to cover themes of faith, heartbreak, disability and identity. They're about taking the dark moments of our lives and turning them into something creative, using art to reveal a ...more
Kindle Edition, 86 pages
Published October 1st 2014
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Erin Zarro
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Being a poet myself, I am extremely picky about poetry. Miriam's poetry knocked it out of the park. I have never read such beautiful, raw, visceral poetry. Miriam took the subject of physical frailty and limitations and gave us a peek at what it's really like to cope with those things, and how it hurts (not just physically) and how alone one might feel. People misunderstanding and judging you.

Her imagery is amazing and complex and beautiful. I recommend this for anyone who wants a different pers
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

The author uses the name Finn and they/them pronouns now, if you didn't know!

I've wanted to read this poetry collection for quite a while now and I was so excited when I got Kindle Unlimited and therefore had access to it. The poetry is hard to read because it packs so much emotion. You can really feel what the author was feeling and it's not always pleasant.

Finn writes about their struggles with both physical and mental health, which feed off each other in a terrible vicious cycle. As
Finn Longman
Well, I mean, clearly I think this is awesome, because I wrote it. SELF-CONFIDENCE FOR THE WIN. I didn't think writers were allowed to review their own books but I HAVE SEEN IT DONE and thus there is precedent and I can always delete this review if Goodreads gets annoyed about it.

But honestly, I'm really proud of this one. Particularly the second half, which is all one long poem: it took a lot out of me to write it, but for once, I feel like a lot of the lines actually say what I wanted them to
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this collection. I loved the words, I loved the way I had to read it. It's difficult to say why it resonated so much with me, but I try.

I haven't read poetry seriously since Dr. Seuss. I haven't enjoyed it since then, either. Anything with choppy lines and little punctuation, I read quickly and uselessly, letting my mind wander and enjoying it little. For this, I slowed myself down. After I read a poem, I went back and reread it. I looked at the words and allowed myself to love them. It
Charley Robson
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't mean to sound like a Telegraph editor hyped up on too much coffee at 3am the day before a deadline, but this collection genuinely made me look at myself and appreciate what I have. I struggled, in a way, to align myself entirely with the content - it is raw and honest and personal in a way that is both engrossing and strangely isolated - but the strength of the language pulled everything through in the end. This is poetry with a punch, and one that will go straight for your gut with no r ...more
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I'm Finn Longman, previously known as Miriam Joy. (Apparently I can't change how this profile appears right now, because Goodreads is super dysfunctional like that, so you're just gonna have to imagine the name up there is correct.) I'm a writer, booknerd, and Irish dancer, based in SE London. I'm agender and use they/them pronouns.

I read a lot of books, mostly YA and SF/Fantasy, and I have a sof

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“But nobody writes fairy tales
about the ugly and poems
are not there for the broken
and I will never find myself
in the words of a hymn
nor will any whispered prayer
ever say my name
(which name, which me
am I looking for?)
because I am shouting
at a cross splintered into pieces
by my angry fists, and crying
at the stained glass falling
like killing rain around me.”
“I want her sinful arms wrapped around me,
bloodied and angry and triumphant in shame.”
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