Sarah Cook



Q: What are you working on lately?


A: clit envy



men being embarrassed by women¹




you can’t deny this living wig




i’m just playing, seriously



¹beginning with Sexton


body collapsing under the weight
of its own precision;


how language will situate the trauma


i cannot make imagination a material object but i can become a monstrous robot, a collection of
dust, plastic, bones & color, straddling my own creation even as i withdraw from it


(unsituating the bones)


a part
made from other

apart from others




how speech becomes trauma

pleased by its non-shape, the post-body is a geographic fiction

sitting in reality’s warm lap.

a lap sitting on itself—
trauma as a lens
for trauma




the post-body    no conceivable genesis    nor death

just the outline of eventual missing

(infinite (re)birth means more than infinite origin).



the post-body resituates
its own embarrassment


believes in repetition but not origin


promotes the copy-cat lifestyle




prefers the act of situating to memorializing


thinks of death as a kind of fiction and also      forgetting




has the head of a bear


and the body of


a bear





Sarah Cook is an MA candidate at the University of Maine, currently focused on poetics, gender studies and translation. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poor Claudia, West Wind Review, SHAMPOO, and Gaga Stigmata; other sections from her project, “Notes on the post-body,” are forthcoming in Illuminati Girl Gang.

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