Body Shell Girl

Rose Hunter

Body Shell Girl is a memoir in verse about the first two years of a decade that Rose Hunter spent in the sex industry in Canada. When Rose walked into a massage parlour in Toronto in 1997, she was looking for a temporary fix to pay rent and avoid having to go back to her home country of Australia.

Awkward, shy and looking for a place to belong, she found herself in a strange world she understood little about, other than here she could make more than rent. She planned to use her earnings to buy herself an education that would secure the career of her dreams.

Naively believing she could do only what was required of her, without trauma or side effects and leave the industry on her own terms, she was shattered by what unfolded.

This is her story. It is also a searing portrayal of this dehumanising industry in all its destructive power.

Hunter’s verse memoir fearlessly tests the paradox of a poetics of witnessing for a traumatised and evacuated self, and does so through synaesthetic image-making and phrasing.

- Cordite Poetry Review

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poetry, prostitution

Rose Hunter

Rose Hunter is the author of six books of poetry, including Anchorage and glass. Her poetry has appeared widely in literary journals in Australia, the USA, and Canada.

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