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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Shaping the Fractured Self
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'Of course not all great art has its genesis in pain, and not all pain – not even a fraction – leads to the partial consolations of art. But if lancing an abscess is the surest way to healing, can poetry offer that same cleansing of emotional wounds?

'Shaping the Fractured Self showcases twenty-eight of Australia’s finest poets who happen to live with chronic illness and pain. The autobiographical short essays, in conjunction with the three poems from each of the poets, capture the body in trauma in its many and varied moods. Because those who live with chronic illness and pain experience shifts in their relationship to it on a yearly, monthly or daily basis, so do the words they use to describe it.

'Shaping the Fractured Self gives voice to sufferers, carers, medical practitioners and researchers, building understanding in a community of caring.' (Publication summary)

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia:

    Type of disability Chronic pain and/or illness.
    Type of character Primary.
    Point of view Miscellanious (autobiographical essays).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crawley, Inner Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: UWA Publishing , 2017 .
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      Extent: 250p.
      Note/s:
      • Published May 2017
      ISBN: 9781742589312

Works about this Work

[Review] Shaping the Fractured Self : Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain Michael J. Leach , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Rabbit , no. 31 2020; (p. 143-148)

— Review of Shaping the Fractured Self 2017 anthology poetry
Narratives of Pain, Illness, Resilience and Fortitude Jennifer Harrison , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , July-September no. 23 2017;

'In a marvellous SBS documentary about New York women who live octo-nonagenarian lives full of vitality and insouciant style, one of the women noted, “As you get older, if you have two of something one of them is always in pain.”' (Introduction)

[Review] Shaping the Fractured Self : Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain Michael J. Leach , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Rabbit , no. 31 2020; (p. 143-148)

— Review of Shaping the Fractured Self 2017 anthology poetry
Narratives of Pain, Illness, Resilience and Fortitude Jennifer Harrison , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , July-September no. 23 2017;

'In a marvellous SBS documentary about New York women who live octo-nonagenarian lives full of vitality and insouciant style, one of the women noted, “As you get older, if you have two of something one of them is always in pain.”' (Introduction)

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