Tuesday, September 24, 2013

"Fatting" poetry

Lesleigh Owen -one of the poets who contributed prolifically and wonderfully to Fat Poets Speak- and I were talking about "fatting" today - the process of writing poems that use and create images that make poems richer and perhaps slower as they tilt toward making fat pleasurable. In other words, we don't just say pleasing things and create positive images of fat; we also craft sentences that echo the lusciousness and length and width and breadth of fat people and things. Images, sound, feel, touch, taste, appearance - the idea is to "fat" them.

Lesleigh does this better than I do. You will see/hear her words on the subject soon.


  1. Awwww. Thanks so much for the kind words. :) And I do love adopting "fatting" as a verb in much the same way "queering" has become one. Example: "In my latest poem, I 'fat' sexuality."

  2. So so true. You do. Wonderfully. In luscious and sometimes dangerous fatted descriptions. (Fatted calf? No, we're vegetarians ::P )