Sarah Rebecca Warren is a writer, educator, and musician and lives in Dallas, Texas. Sarah received scholarship to study at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference in 2016, and her writing has appeared in Oklahoma Today, Gravel, Luna Luna, and other journals. Her poems "Anatomy of an Eating Disorder" and "Chimayo Mercado" won first place in the Arcturus Fall 2017 Poetry Contest, adjudicated by Ruben Quesada. Sarah is a regular contributor for World Literature Today. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Sarah’s chapbook, Price of Admission, will appear in Floodgate Poetry Series Volume 5 (Upper Rubber Boot Books, March 2019).
"The poet wrestles both internally and externally to find acceptance for herself and her body. Yet, there is no safe harbor for the poet in this world; she is "bribed / to tame my body. Good girls are always in control." To enact some kind of discipline with food even in the company of family, she says, "My body. A body. A thing to ribbon like a 4H hog, / and the family agrees: it must be altered, carved up." This poem records the imagination that many of us have about being challenged by the public and personal scrutiny surrounding the beauty of the body. I'm reminded of the inimitable RuPaul, when he proclaims "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?" The poet desires acceptance and understanding at any cost. Though every reader has their own desire for the attainment of physical beauty this poem may bring us closer to understanding a particular experience."
- Ruben Quesada for Arcturus, fall 2017.
INTERVIEWS and BOOK REVIEWS
Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 2018 at 7:30 PM - LitNight @ Sandaga 813
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