SparkleFat by Melissa May

5.5″ x 8.5″ | 72 pages | ISBN: 978-0692225417

Poems That Intend To Be Seen
by Melissa May

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An Excerpt from the Fatward by the Author:

I was not born for beige, my loves. And neither were you. My body intends to be seen.

My body intends to shine. My fat is not quiet.
My fat sparkles.

That’s what you’re holding, dear one. You’re holding SparkleFat. You’re holding a loud, unapologetic, intentional book of poetry about my body, about your body, about fat bodies and how they move through the world in every bit of their flash and spark and burst. Some of the poems are painful, some are raucous celebrations, some are reminders and love letters and quiet gifts back to the vessel that has traveled me so gracefully – some are a hymnal of yes, but all of them sparkle. All of them don’t mind if you look – really. They built their own house of intention, and they draped that shit in lime green sequins. All of them intend to be seen. All of them have no more fucks to give about a world that wants them to be quiet.

Melissa May is a Youth-In-Crisis worker, body positivity/body justice activist, cat-call devourer, general unraveler of the patriarchy and salty feminist sass-mouth from Oklahoma. She has been a competitive spoken word artist since 2008, and has been both a multi-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist as well as the 3rd ranked poet in the world at the Individual Poetry Slam in 2012. She has a degree in Youth Ministry and Bible and Theology that she is aggressively not using, is married to a mad scientist, loves harder than medically recommended, cannot physically stop cursing and smuggles thousands of secrets around like the precious and delicate things that they are. The only secrets she can’t seem to keep are her own. That’s what you’re holding now. The un-doing of all her shame. The most rare and wild jewel of her heart. Smuggle it around real good. Keep it safe. She’ll owe you big. She knows you are perfect.

Sparkling Applause for SparkleFat & Melissa’s Work:

“I didn’t know how much I needed this book until I found myself, three pages in, ugly crying on the plane next to a concerned looking business man. This book is the most glorious, glittery pink permission slip. It made me want to go on a scavenger hunt for every speck of shame in my body and sing hot, sweaty R&B songs to it.

There is no voice more authentic, generous and resounding than Melissa May. From her writing, to her performance, to her role in the community she delivers fierce integrity & staggering passion.

From the first time I watched her nervously step to the mic, to the last time she crushed me in a slam, it is has been an honor to watch her astound the poetry slam world and inspire us all to be not just better writers but better people. We need her.”

Lauren Zuniga
Author of The Smell of Good Mud

“All bodies are beautiful. But not everyone is taught to see + believe that. In fact, there’s a not-so-subtle expectation that people past a certain size should hide… for everyone’s sake. Melissa May artfully calls bullshit + serves up a full frontal transmission that shines with clarity + pride + presence. I read everysingleword + frequently wiped tears from my eyes at the boldness + courage + beauty held in her perfectly-strung-together words. Regardless of your size, dive deep into what’s offered here: the chance to let your inherent beauty shine without apology. Big ups to Melissa for issuing a poetic invitation + powerful invocation.”

Fabeku Fatunmise
Business Awesomizer | Suck Exorcist | Sonic Alchemist

“In a world where a woman is begged to be merely a body, Melissa gracefully and urgently reminds us that women also have big, loud, important mouths. She is a sculptor, building a monument with the language she reclaims of her body. There is no shame left lurking in the shadows after the last page is turned. Melissa takes the reins and vigorously redefines herself again and again until the sequins sparkle just right. Sometimes this book feels like surgery, sometimes it feels like rubber necking, sometimes it feels like home- but it always feels like catharsis. It is as if we’ve been let in on a lifelong monologue not meant for anyone but the speaker. To devour this book is an honor, to be nourished by it- that is a big, fat blessing.”

Desireé Dallagiacomo
Celebrated Slam Poet + Activist

“Melissa May’s book SparkleFat cracked me open. She spoke things I’m still scared to say aloud, invited me into poems that were stories I knew so well on my own path of fatness and I followed her through those pages, feeling braver with every poem as she speaks so bravely of her right to love herself.

This is a call to action of unapologetic self-love and indeed are poems that need to be seen. I feel like in these pages so many women will find Melissa’s words give themselves the permission to love themselves and their bodies, right here and right now.”

Vivienne McMaster
Photographer + leader of the Be Your Own Beloved workshops

SparkleFat is a firework display of un-shame. Melissa May’s work celebrates all of the things we have been so long told deserved no streamers. This collection invites every fat body out to the dance and steams up the windows in the backseat of the car afterwards by kissing the spots we thought (or even hoped) no one noticed but are deserving of love just the same as our mouths.”

Rachel Wiley
Author of Fat Girl Finishing School

“I had to stop several times while reading SparkleFat so I could sit, breathe and absorb its haunting and life-changing beauty. I so wish I’d had this book when I started my body acceptance journey, but I’m ever grateful it has shown up in my life now. I know I will be returning to it many times in the future. These are the body affirming poems we’ve been waiting for.”

Anna Guest-Jelley
Founder of Curvy Yoga

Melissa performing during prelims at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam, recorded by Button Poetry.

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