Poetry. Art. IT BEGINS WITH THE BODY by Hana Shafi explores the milestones and hurdles of a brown girl coming into her own. Shafi's poems display a raw and frank intimacy and address anxiety, unemployment, heartbreak, relationships, identity, and faith. Accompanied by Shafi's candid illustrations that share the same delightful mixture of grotesque and humour found in her poems, IT BEGINS WITH THE BODY navigates the highs and lows of youth. It is about feeling like an outsider, and reconciling with pain and awkwardness.