NOTES ON THE POST-BODY
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)
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
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
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.