The Body has ratings and 29 reviews. Elizabeth said: Carl told me I’d love this, that it was the perfect time for me to read it. And I did, and it wa. Jenny Boully (born ) is the author of The Book of Beginnings and Endings ( Sarabande Books, ), The Body: An Essay and [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin. The primary text is dead and gone and the subterranean text is full of dead authors: Jenny Boully’s notes collect fragments from literary and.

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Or, is it a text that, after calling attention to this fact, forces you to move on and try and make sense without the body to guide you? Seems the typography would’ve required it once or twice. She divides her time between Texas and Brooklyn.

Until recently, you could expect to shell out a couple hundred bucks for the second-hand Slope edition, so “in theory” was about the only way you’d encounter it. If the window is open, then true. And jenhy, are footnotes enough?

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Jun 30, M Casteel rated it it was amazing. It could be expanded to be more personally involving without seeming too much so. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. She lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and daughter and teaches at Columbia College Chicago. To ask other readers questions about The Bodyplease sign up.

Mar 05, John LaPine rated it really liked it. Preview — The Body by Jenny Boully. Why do these bad loves work so gorgeously in Anne Carson’s books? But not footnotes to life. Aug 29, Kelly rated it it was amazing Shelves: She’s a dream that you don’t quite understand. The texts themselves are essayistic, except that they are all fictional. In this, her first book, Jenny Boully has invented an elaborately footnoted text on absence, love, ontology and identity — minus the text.


It is not easy to define this book as anything other than indefinable and experimental. Trivia About The Body: Ironically, while Boully frequently mocks the controversy over emotional honesty in poetry, her own work soars when she risks vulnerability and fully and vividly explores a felt moment, as in footnote no.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But not footnotes to life. 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.

Noticed that no footnotes bleed across to another page. A modern classic in the new form of “lyrical essay” writing.

Jan 02, Vicky rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

I would give it four stars for what it could be if I had spent more time with it.

The Body: An Essay – Jenny Boully – Google Books

Bouilly seems to work through an interior tunneling; th Eloquently tongue-tied, sly, sad, full of invitations half-issued and immediately withdrawn. If you forgot her name, wait out a turn.

Daedalus April 9, at 1: An Essay is an exercise in the stripped-down economics of the page and the poem: The Body demands that we rethink the implications of evocation — what happens when something stands in place of something else, whether that thing jebny a mentor, a monument, or a missive? It’s still pretty great, though: Voully 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 Mar 14, Tovah rated it liked it Shelves: Is anything I say real?


Apr 24, Aaron rated it liked it.

Jenny Boully

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 Because he never said the word, the bits and pieces of her: I wanted to see how those things connected, the common thread. Oct 11, Max Eichelberger rated it it was ok. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

But does it do more than poke a hole in that idea? Sep 04, Caytie rated it did not like it. But not footnote to life. Within the footnotes, there are repeating themes: Because he never said a word, the bits and pieces of her: While her content is, almost explicitly, about the search for meaning–and the groping, dreaming, and discovering that one does in attempts to make sense of the world around–her form exemplifies the bare bones minimum through which to convey these ideas, as it’s composed entirely in footnotes.

Born in Thailand, she was reared in Texas by parents who farm and fish. Views Read Edit View history.

Essay Press- Poetry – 75 pages. Apr 27, Kathline rated it it was amazing. Boully’s texts tend to be less plot-driven though the footnotes certainly do produce a plot — a change in a relationship and a character — as the pages turn and more interested in the accrual and juxtaposition of references, externalia, letters, dream imag One quality of a good artist, I think, is the ability to recognize the elements of his artform that he’s weakest at and then construct his style so that he doesn’t have to face them