Shaping the fractured self - poetry of chronic illness and pain

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Shaping the Fractured Self showcases twenty-eight of Australia’s finest poets who happen to live with chronic illness and pain. The autobiographical short essays, in conjunction with the three poems from each of the poets, capture the body in trauma in its many and varied moods. Because those who live with chronic illness and pain experience shifts in their relationship to it on a yearly, monthly or daily basis, so do the words they use to describe it. Shaping the Fractured Self gives voice to sufferers, carers, medical practitioners and researchers, building understanding in a community of caring.

(UWA Publishing, May 2017, Ed. Heather Taylor Johnson)

Heather Taylor-Johnson is an American Australian writer living in Adelaide. Her fourth book of poetry is Meanwhile, the Oak. She is the editor of the anthology Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain, winner of the Mascara Lit Avant-garde Award. Her second novel, Jean Harley was Here, was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Fiction and reviewed in the New York Times. In 2018 she was Writer in Residence at the J M Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide, where she is now an Adjunct Research Fellow.

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