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Be Brave

Beowulf via blackout poetry. “Uses the classic text . . . to create a new work focused on the resilience, strength, and bravery of women.” —Read Poetry

A former high school English teacher, Farkas transforms Beowulf into a poetic pep talk and feisty guide for the brokenhearted that is both irreverent and moving. Anyone who has been devastated by love will appreciate the blackened pages of this bold, youthful, and empowering twist on the ancient epic.

“If every woman who reads this book doesn’t both cry at having been struck so precisely at her core of connectedness and feel like she can take on the world all by herself, then she may not yet be ready to unleash the power this kind of writing holds . . . This is a beautiful book. It is a warrior’s journey and a gift. A work that, at any low point in a woman’s life, she should take as her tonic, and for women enjoying a peak in life, to use as their battle cry to enter daily challenges. A rallying cry and a comfort all in one. If this is just the first in a series by Farkas, then we all have much to look forward to.” —

“Filled with such empowering pieces . . . J.M. Farkas is a genius and I couldn’t have wished for a better first erasure.” —Bookish Sisters

J. M. Farkas

J.M. Farkas is the author of How to Be a Poet--an erasure of Ovid via whiteout poetry. She has written for The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Hello Giggles, and Electric Literature, and her poetry appears in a wide variety of literary magazines.

Andrews McMeel Publishing