Sarah Cook

NOTES ON THE POST-BODY

 

Q: What are you working on lately?

 

A: clit envy

 

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men being embarrassed by women¹

 

/

 

you can’t deny this living wig

 

/

 

i’m just playing, seriously

 

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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
parts

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).

 

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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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