The Body Remembers

The Body Remembers

In light of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, the short poetry collection will address sexual assault, drawing on the author's own experience by examining what happens to bodies and minds after being assaulted."One of the bravest works of poetry I’ve ever had the honour of reading." - Shelby Eileen, author of soft in the middle."The Body Remembers is raw and painful...

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Title:The Body Remembers
Author:Melissa Jennings
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Edition Language:English

The Body Remembers Reviews

  • M.F. Yasmin

    “The body remembers” was just wow, in every sense of the word, wow. The poems are strong from start to finish and utterly heart breaking. The amount of love I have for this poet is monumental, it took me quite a while to get over this collection, but its words still linger around me.

    In a word, haunting

  • McKayla Debonis

    * I was given a digital copy for an honest review *

    The Body Remembers is raw and painful.

    It’s not pretty because it’s real. It is honest, giving truth to something many people shove into a dark closet. It is powerful and chilling wrapped into the same sentence. The Body Remembers gives you a voice so freeing and loud.

    I am in awe with this collection, the bravery this comes with is inspiring and so amazing.

    Thank you for giving a voice to the world

  • Shelby Eileen

    The Body Remembers is first and foremost one of the bravest works of poetry I’ve ever had the honour of reading. It is a vital and timely conversation asking frightening questions and giving dark, honest answers. It is chilling and impressive, how this collection is so heavy, and yet has the ability to make you feel so free.

    I cannot wait for this to be released because I feel that it’s going to bring so much comfort to a lot of readers who need to know their traumas due to sexual assault are no

    The Body Remembers is first and foremost one of the bravest works of poetry I’ve ever had the honour of reading. It is a vital and timely conversation asking frightening questions and giving dark, honest answers. It is chilling and impressive, how this collection is so heavy, and yet has the ability to make you feel so free.

    I cannot wait for this to be released because I feel that it’s going to bring so much comfort to a lot of readers who need to know their traumas due to sexual assault are not shameful things that need to be hidden away. This chapbook lays everything out on the table, and while the content can be hard to swallow, very difficult to meet head on (or look away from), it brings a sort of peace also. I’m so grateful to Melissa for approaching me and letting me read it early to offer my thoughts ahead of the release date!

  • Isabelle

    I was excited to be given an early reading copy of this book. I am a big fan of Melissa's other poetry books and I was very much looking forward to what I knew would be both a painful and rewarding read.

    Melissa navigates that which their body cannot forget: the pain of feeling powerless and disconnected from one's own self, one's own body.

    A difficult but necessary read in which Melissa tells their story in their own way and no doubt, brings power and strength not only to themself through writing

    I was excited to be given an early reading copy of this book. I am a big fan of Melissa's other poetry books and I was very much looking forward to what I knew would be both a painful and rewarding read.

    Melissa navigates that which their body cannot forget: the pain of feeling powerless and disconnected from one's own self, one's own body.

    A difficult but necessary read in which Melissa tells their story in their own way and no doubt, brings power and strength not only to themself through writing this book, but to readers who need to know they are not alone.

  • Flose Boursiquot

    The Body Remembers is a timely collection that has the difficult conversations about the traumas that our society perpetuates and many refuse to admit exist. Melissa brings us into their internal conversation and brooding while not falling short of creative writing and pieces that can be read in many ways. I am grateful for Melissa's voice and courage.

  • Amanda Butler

    A small collection of raw poems about assault. A brave and courageous chapbook.

  • Helen

    This is a difficult collection to review due to the deeply personal nature of the content, so with reference to the subject matter I'll say only this - I have the greatest respect for Melissa Jennings for sharing this collection with the world. It must have been incredibly difficult to write, and even more difficult to put into other people's hands.

  • Danielle Paige

    The Body Remembers is an unflinching account of raw suffering, fearlessly plunging headfirst into something heartbreakingly honest on every page. This collection asks questions to the darkest parts of today’s world and then shouts the answers back at you. Brave and liberating, these words truly leave an ache in your chest.

    This collection is going to provide a sense of unity to everyone who connects with it, a hand to hold and a shoulder to cry on. In modern society, these poems are painfully ne

    The Body Remembers is an unflinching account of raw suffering, fearlessly plunging headfirst into something heartbreakingly honest on every page. This collection asks questions to the darkest parts of today’s world and then shouts the answers back at you. Brave and liberating, these words truly leave an ache in your chest.

    This collection is going to provide a sense of unity to everyone who connects with it, a hand to hold and a shoulder to cry on. In modern society, these poems are painfully necessary and open a wider topic of conversation that needs to be heard. Overall, an astounding piece of work - not for the faint hearted, but powerful and moving nonetheless.

  • Caitlin Conlon

    Melissa Jennings delves deep into the question of what it means to belong to ourselves once we've experienced pain. Laden with powerful imagery and defiance, The Body Remembers reminds us that while the healing process is often exhausting and messy, it's always going to be worth it. Bodies and their stories are validated within these pages.

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