Blush, Blossom, Bloom: A Zine About BPD, Imprinting, and Mad Queer Love - Physical

Blush, Blossom, Bloom: A Zine About BPD, Imprinting, and Mad Queer Love - Physical



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Blush, Blossom, Bloom: A Zine About BPD, Imprinting, and Mad Queer Love is a 70-page(!!) half-size zine with a full-color cover and black-and-white interior.

It's about an intense form of bonding some people with Borderline Personality Disorder experience, called imprinting, and my relationship with my current imprint, a queer femme crip mentor and friend who's played a huge part in my survival and growth.

This zine is mostly prose, interspersed with quotes from my journal-blog to illustrate the feelings described. There's one poem at the end, my personal all-time favorite thing I've written.


* "Idealization" and "Imprinting," a duo of essays written several months apart, both exploring my feelings about and explanations of imprinting, before and after I learned a word for it that felt right

* "Imprinting as special interest," an exploration of the parallels between imprinting on a person and having an autistic special interest

* "Talking around imprinting," about how I manage to talk obsessively about my imprint without ever specifying the relationship for what it is

* "Borderline people don't owe confessions to anyone," a grumpy, politicized response to ableist demands that we subject our every thought to others' scrutiny

* "How I've made my imprint relationship work," a list and how-to of strategies I've used to manage my fear and negative self talk and to interact with my imprint in ways that suit my long-term intentions for the relationship

* "Songs to imprint to," a note on appropriating romantic love songs for Borderline purposes, and a few specific songs I like to steal

* "How I told Heather she's my imprint," the sweet story of the best day of my life,

and finally, "How to Train Your Borderline," a love poem for my imprint and rage poem against anti-Borderline ableism

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33 shop reviews 5 out of 5 stars


Mary May 18, 2020

4 out of 5 stars
Good zine about imprinting. Specifically about imprinting on someone you have a friendly relationship with.

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Mary May 18, 2020

5 out of 5 stars
Love this zine

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Sean Kinson Jan 14, 2020

5 out of 5 stars
Purchased the digital version of this as opposed to the physical one because of the international shipping, I love this so much and I'm so happy digital download was an option. Brilliant writing and insights.

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