Eating Matters

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$18.00  $16.74
Caitlin Press
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5.43 X 7.79 X 0.18 inches | 0.2 pounds

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About the Author

Kara-lee MacDonald currently teaches English at the Fort St. John Literacy Society and is completing an MA in English (UNBC) that explores the relationship between food, body, and power. Her poetry has been previously published in Dreamland Magazine. She is a lifelong resident and lover of Northern BC.

"You know when you're reading a book and you're thinking to yourself: why hasn't anybody written this yet and now here it is in front of you and you know what you've been missing? For me, Eating Matters is that kind of book. It's so unexpected, yet it feels so right. Kara-lee MacDonald has offered us this stylish collection of secrets that's incredibly smart and brave, visceral and terrifying and I couldn't be more grateful. She's put the unspeakable into words and, in doing so, has drawn upon a reservoir of power that's as vast as hunger itself. I can't recommend it enough. I fucking love this book." -- Elizabeth Bachinsky
"Kara-lee MacDonald's Eating Matters bites down to the marrow. Swallow or spit? What counts? How much? Where does it hurt? MacDonald's lines cut clean to the aortic pump; a perfect silhouette. Her poems trace the lines of body and bile with sawblades. This is a book that interrogates the idea of the girl (with the most cake). At times bloody, but bloody necessary." -- Nikki Reimer
"Eating Matters undoes a complex. Words surpass exulansis, an individual approaches collective as poet, Kara-lee MacDonald, composes what was scattered. 'at the end of the day/--theory fails as poetry thrives.' The poet shines, honest, and reveals that even the wretch, the disembodied, every whit of shame, every shock of trauma can become something new. MacDonald teaches us about power--her power, and ours. We are comforted an implicated. Listening, reading, in the open, we confront a sick world that can be overcome. The sound thickens and 'free' shakes loose in defiance." -- Cecily Nicholson
"It is a figurative and literal F-you to the aspects of our culture that lead women to mental illness. It is a standing up to the status quo of misogyny-drenched culture. It is powerful work MacDonald accomplishes, work that is reminiscent of poet and feminist Adrienne Rich..." -- Rob Budde, Northwood
"Eating Matters leaves you feeling as if you have watched a dear friend conquer a storm, and, for those struggling with disordered eating, it can perhaps offer a way into oneself and out of the mire." -- Keagan Perlette, Sad Mag
"Eating Matters is an important book, both entertaining and educational. It is a brave, unforgiving challenge to the social stigmas that surround eating disorders." -- Dustin Batty, The Plaid Zebra
"Her humour is dark, a little morbid at times, and fits perfectly within these poems. Like any time I begin a book, I forgo expectations. MacDonald spares no one: not herself and certainly not society. Part of the joy of reading is surprise and connection. Eating Matters delivers both and so much more." -- Claire Matthews, Loose Lips Magazine