Author(s): JESS FIEBIG
A moving account in poetry of one woman's pathway through violence and addiction. at six, my mother's boyfriend forced his fat hairy hand inside my heart-shaped face for eating too many Fruit Bursts we bought a tube of them at BP wrapped individually in pastel wax papers which littered the backseat like sweet-smelling confetti his hand tasted of salt a metallic tang of rust the hot edge of petrol from the pump still lingering on his fingers My Honest Poem is a moving and powerful poetry collection that follows recovery from a life fractured by family violence and addiction. It is a coming-of-age story of a young New Zealand woman rebuilding strength and hope in the spaces left by trauma. Author Jess Fiebig is a Christchurch-based poet whose work has featured in Best New Zealand Poems 2018, Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018 and 2019, Landfall, Turbine | Kapohau and takahe. She was runner-up in the 2019 Sarah Broom Poetry Prize.