-Lindsey Martin-Bowen, author, The Book of Frenzies
In Swimming With the Fat Ladies, Debbie Theiss invites readers to join her in discovering the superabundance within each of us. Playful, poignant, and powerful, her multilayered poetry is both personal and eminently relatable. I accepted her invitation, dove in, and what a delightful swim it was! From hot flashes and hearing aids to heirlooms and heroes, Theiss's poems speak of friendship, laughter, love, and loss.
-Judy Hyde, author, Heartland Writers for Kids & Teens
Theiss's poetry takes us on a life-changing journey. She has an uncanny ability to memorialize meaningful moments, so that we see and feel them as our very own. A farting mom, a departing son, a judgmental daughter, a circle of old friends, a worry about gray ends -these are but a few of the enticing topics she covers in her riveting collection. Her vivid descriptions hold a mirror out to the reader, reflecting our own personal experiences. How well she knows loss and the perils and promises of aging! Yet, how brilliantly she sneaks in humor, wonder, outrage, insights, and celebrations. Plunge in and emerge emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually enriched.
-Deborah Shouse, author, An Old Woman Walks Into a Bar