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Eat Me Summary & Analysis
by Patience Agbabi

Eat Me Summary & Analysis
by Patience Agbabi

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The contemporary British poet Patience Agbabi first published "Eat Me" in her 2008 collection Bloodshot Monochrome. The speaker in the poem is a woman trapped in an abusive relationship. Her male partner, obsessed with fat women, feeds her incessantly, and the speaker becomes dependent on him for her one brief "pleasure" in life: the "rush of fast food." Eventually, she becomes so big that she is able to suffocate her partner with her own body, freeing her from his control. The poem highlights the emotional complexity and slow violence of domestic abuse, as well as the dehumanizing power of sexist objectification.

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