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Broken Body Fragile Heart

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  6 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
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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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
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
Miriam Joy
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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
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
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This poetry collection is beautiful and terrifying and wonderful and emotional. All at once, some of the time. These poems are powerful.
My favorite poems are Clockwork, If I Were a Cyborg, My Rock, Armed, and Caution. I also loved Two Pages Before Midnight.
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Ahoy there. I'm Miriam Joy, also known as Finn. 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 soft spot for anything with LGBTQ+ and disabled characters. I have a degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, and a lot of strong feelings about medieval stuff as a result.

I review books
“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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