The Fat Kid

By Paul Vermeersch

The Fat Kid
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Chronicling a childhood troubled by obesity, poor body image, and low self-esteem, this collection of poetry reveals how the media's perfect faces, societal expectations, family concerns, and primitive socialization rituals collide with the physical and emotional tribulations ... Read more


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Chronicling a childhood troubled by obesity, poor body image, and low self-esteem, this collection of poetry reveals how the media's perfect faces, societal expectations, family concerns, and primitive socialization rituals collide with the physical and emotional tribulations of adolescence to drive Calvin Little over the edge. He'll stop at nothing to become beautiful and weightless, but he must conceal his battle with what the world has come to know as a girl's disease. Is there redemption in social acceptance, in romantic love, in escaping gravity? Is it enough to learn to love oneself? Calvin's journey is told in a sequence of poems steeped in both the physical and psychological worlds, in voices that range from the bawdy to the elegiac. Through these poems, Calvin Little becomes the ideal antihero for a shallow culture obsessed with thin.

Paul Vermeersch

Paul Vermeersch is the author of several poetry collections, including the Trillium–award nominated The Reinvention of the Human Hand (M&S, 2010) and Don't Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something (ECW, 2014). Vermeersch holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph for which he received the Governor General's Gold Medal. His poems have been translated into Polish, German and French and have appeared in international anthologies. He has taught creative writing at the University of Guelph and Sheridan College, and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. He was, from 2001 to 2012, the Poetry Editor for Insomniac Press, and he is now Senior Editor for Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd. He lives in Toronto.

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