January 8, 2007
The Body Eclectic: An Anthology of Poems by Patrice Vecchione
The first poetry anthology for teens to address one of their foremost concerns-the body.Experienced anthologist and teacher Patrice Vecchione has put together an immensely powerful group of poems, all of which address a unifying theme of major interest to teens-the body. Drawing on poems both serious and silly and poets from Shakespeare to Lucille Clifton, The Body Eclectic looks at what our bodies are, what they are not, how we love them and taunt them, what they give us, and what they take away. A wonderful collection of poems on a hot topic for teens, and a perfect gift and companion in one of the most universal struggles of adolescence.
Patrice Vecchione is the editor of Revenge and Forgiveness, Truth and Lies, and The Body Eclectic, anthologies of poems for teenagers, as well as several adult anthologies. She is also a poet and teaches poetry to children and adults in schools, libraries, and community centers. Patrice lives in Del Rey Oaks, California.
There is obviously alot of pressure to be thin in our society. I can't say that I have never felt the urge to be skinnier. I think it is really hard for woman to ever be happy with their bodies. What I try to do to overcome it is just to work out. This makes me feel better about myself and it is healthy so it is a win, win situation. I have never did anything really drastic to fit in though.
Posted by: Jessica Tewalt at February 10, 2007 2:00 PM
Of course I have at times felt that my body was unsatisfactory. I think that everyone goes through that at sometime or another. The way that I help myself feel better about the size and shape of me is to look at my children and realize that all of the lumps and bumps had a purpose.
Posted by: Sara Hagen at February 12, 2007 11:22 AM
There have been times in my life where I've wanted to be much thinner then I am now, and I do think the media does want the public to percieve that to be 'beautiful' you have to be stick thin. To get over some of those insecurities, I work out as much as I can, so I can eat what I want, and in the end I'm happy with the way I look.
Posted by: Kaylee Mitchell at February 18, 2007 1:28 PM
Noone is ever totally satisfied with their physical appearance. There is so much pressure out in the media that make guys and girls feel insecure about thier appearance. I myself do feel insecure about the way i look. one thing i try to do to feel better about myself is dance and eat right( except for the occasional ben and jerry's).Honestly,i hate working out, so i try to keep a positive perception of myself and do things that make ME feel good.
Posted by: Sam Larson at February 26, 2007 1:08 PM
Indeed, I have felt pressure from society and others people close to me that being thin is the ideal and that every women should strive to become more thin. Although I have not completely abandoned this ideal, after attending college for nearly 3 years I have come to know myself better and have excepted my body more. Of course, I have always felt better about myself when I exercise and try eating healthy foods, but to meet up to the ideal expectations of society I know is pretty much impossible.
Posted by: Megan Anderson at March 4, 2007 9:12 PM
Greeting. What's another word for Thesaurus?
I am from Western and learning to read in English, please tell me right I wrote the following sentence: "Absorbent cobblestone images are totally proposed in dishonest emergencies to actually work events up to the plan of 2 or more plants in arrows and new kinds."
Thank you so much for your future answers 8). Daisy.
Posted by: Daisy at September 9, 2009 11:20 PM
amazing!! love your review of the book , going to look for it at the store
Posted by: ylod at December 27, 2010 4:40 PM
This sounds like an excellent helpful poetry book and great to see some one took the time to compile this.
Posted by: Stephen at May 6, 2011 7:04 AM