Alumna Samantha Zighelboim '11 Publishes Debut Poetry Collection 'The Fat Sonnets'

November 28, 2018

The Fat Sonnets book coverAlumna Samantha Zighelboim '11 has a new collection titled The Fat Sonnets available now. The debut collection conducts a radical re-examination of what we mean by body. In these poems, body is noun, verb and adverb; body is dearly beloved and fiercely rejected; it is by turns a singularly beautiful process and a frightening object. Zighelboim takes the sonnet form as a loose premise, a la Bernadette Mayer, but then explodes, expands, defies and otherwise grows out of supposed formal limits, making language into a living embodiment of the refusal of (institutional, patriarchal, cultural) control. The poet’s refusal of the social invisibility of fat bodies is essential.
"Zighelboim recasts the sonnet in various ways as she queries the nature of embodiment and the realities of size-shaming in her vivid, exacting debut.” – Publishers Weekly
“I am a perfect fucking blossom,” Zighelboim writes, and also “I am entitled to the loneliness of my interminable appetite.”
Samantha Zighelboim is a 2017 NYFA/NYSCA Fellow in Poetry, a recipient of a Face Out grant from CLMP, and the co-recipient of the 2016 John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize in Translation from The Poetry Foundation. Her poems and translations have appeared in POETRYBoston ReviewThe Guardian (as part of Asymptote's "Translation Tuesday" series), PEN Poetry SeriesStonecutterFanzinePublic PoolSixth FinchBone Bouquet, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City, and teaches creative writing and literature at both Rutgers University and The New School.