Jenny Boully The Body: An Essay

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The Body: An Essay

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Cultural Writing. Poetry. Essays. Comprised of footnotes to a non-existent text, THE BODY: AN ESSAY is a meditation on absence, loss and disappearance that offers a guarded "narrative" of what may or may not be a love letter, a dream, a spiritual autobiography, a memoir, a scholarly digression, a treatise on the relation of life to book. Christian Bok describes Boully's groundbreaking text as one that "may simply annotate a fantastic biography from another reality, referring only to itself as a kind of dream within a dream...The reader can only fantasize about the original contexts that might have made such information significant to its author, and ultimately, implies that the body of any text consists of nothing but a void-filled with the exegetical projection of our own imagination." First published in 2002 and excerpted in such anthologies as The Next American Essay and The Best American Poetry 2002, THE BODY: AN ESSAY continues to challenge conventional notions of plot and narrative, genre and form, theory and practice, unremittingly questioning the presumptive boundaries between reflection, imagination, and experience.

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This book excites me, with its wit and with its difference. In a menaced time, when sentimental addictions are more futile than ever, we really do need someone smart who speaks near us. Intelligence is the sanctifying grace of poetry; Boully's lets words find us again, when we are sick with strategies of avoidance. She works by leading us ever deeper into the act she proposes, this reading pleasure, and there she catches us reading , and prances round us to show us where we are. In these delicious footnotes to an elided text, maybe her greatest achievement is the formal one of realizing that poems themselves are footnotes to an immense silence. - Robert Kelly

The second-thought made brilliant. Story shadows essay shadows poem. Boully's after-touch on the world of book culture is evocative and earthy and light. - Thalia Field

In a recent issue of Seneca Review devoted to the 'lyric essay,' I encountered The Body by Jenny Boully, a prose poem (or so it seemed to me) consisting exclusively of footnotes to an absent text. It's terrific, and it makes me want to read a lot more by this obviously talented poet. - David Lehman

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"One could argue that I haven't eliminated the text at all," Boully says, "that the footnotes themselves are the ‘textual body,' but that would undo the representation. The fact remains that there is a space created which is empty and begs to be filled."

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