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Tender Points Tender Points is a narrative fractured by trauma Named after the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, the book length lyric essay explores sexual violence, gendered illness, chronic pain, and patriarchy through the lenses of lived experience and pop culture Twin Peaks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, noise music, etc Teaching Guide or Book Club Guide here bit aqJVX


About the Author: Amy Berkowitz

Amy Berkowitz is the author of Tender Points Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015 a book length lyric essay about chronic pain and trauma Other writing has appeared in publications including Bitch, McSweeney s, and Wolfman New Life Quarterly She lives in San Francisco, where she s working on her second book.



10 thoughts on “Tender Points

  1. says:

    A beautiful and plainly written book length essay about living with and writing about fibromyalgia, trauma, being a survivor, andSide note I can t help but feel a kinship with any writer who mentions riot grrrl in a book on any topic Many passages stood out to me, and made me see the world in new ways, but here s one that I reached for a pencil to underline Brautigan s style of misogyny call it gentle misogyny, subtle misogyny, or microaggresive misogyny is woven deep throughout the A beautiful and pla


  2. says:

    On Friday I went to Skylight Books to see Maggie Nelson read from her masterpiece edit one of her masterpieces The Argonauts, and she gave a sterling endorsement for the writer that was following her, a young woman named Amy Berkowitz I didn t gather that Maggie Nelson was the opener to a headlining act, but was thrilled to see that her blurb was also on this book s back cover Also written in a format akin to The Argonauts and Citizen, Tender Points is an immensely American lyric as well I On Friday I went to


  3. says:

    i m 31 but i feel like i m 60 people in my life may think i am exaggerating but i am always in pain every morning i wake up feeling like i was run over by a truck i feel like i ve been hit by a bus i wake up stiff like a coyote with rheumatism i wake up in the woods on a bed of dried moss i have a doctor i have a wolf i have an ex interrupting me, stepping out from behind the same tree to block my path invisible, impossible to prove whether or not you believe me imagine it repeating l i m 31 but i feel like i m 60 p


  4. says:

    So good A very beautiful and poetic telling of life with chronic illness Fibromyalgia and a traumatic event rape This hit home in a lot of ways and was such a quick read everyone should read it Thewe read, thewe understand.


  5. says:

    People in my life may think I am exaggerating but I am always in pain Every morning I wake up feeling like I was run over by a truck I feel like I ve been hit by a bus I wake up stiff like a coyote with rheumatism I wake up in the woods on a bed of dried moss I have a doctor I have a wolf I have an ex Interrupting me, stepping out from behind the same tree to block my path Invisible, impossible to prove Whether or not you believe me Imagine it repeating like a GIF This book was so gooPeople in my life may think I am exaggerating


  6. says:

    I reread this while I had a migraine, and found it so compelling I changed my rating from three stars to five I found the short pieces moving, and while I was in a place of pain, reading them was very cathartic This time round, I appreciated Berkowitz s brevity and her clarity In 2018 I said This is written in the style I think of as poetry essays These pieces, rarely longer than 200 words, sometimes read like short pieces of prose, sometimeslike prose poetry or sometimes a spoken w I reread this while I had a migraine, and found it so


  7. says:

    This was quite possibly the best and most resonant book I ve ever read about chronic illness I have a lot of thoughts about it but I m not sure I can articulate them right now, but I will just say it was very empowering, as someone who s struggled with chronic illness that has enormously impacted my life and what I m capable of, to see many of the things I ve found myself thinking about written out this way Just because you deal with a condition or illness that medicine doesn t understand or This was quite possibly the best and most resonant b


  8. says:

    A poetic and meaningful interpretation of the culture of living with chronic pain, ptsd, and fibromyalgia As a sufferer myself, it s a beautifully written memoir as the world has been flooded with how to deal with books, it s just lovely to read that someone, somewhere elese in this world is being honest about the disease and it s origins, which is never a pretty place.


  9. says:

    So well written Anyone interested in fibromyalgia, rape culture and lyric essays should read this.


  10. says:

    This is a very intense, poetic short memoir The author has fibromaylgia and I picked it up because I m intrigued and perplexed by some of these diseases that are hidden as she calls them I ll admit I grapple with thoughts related to something like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome fighting the urge to dismiss it as not a real illness And then I of course hate myself for thinking it easy to be dismissive when you re in good health I really want to understand and have better sympathy for th This is a very intense, poetic short memoir The author has fibromaylgia and I picked


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