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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Want to Read saving…. What will it do besides poking a hole in that idea? 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 jemny and juxtaposition of references, externalia, letters, dream images.

Perfect example of John Keats’ Negative Capability Books by Jenny Boully. I know now why the line breaks: Is there truth to what happened in thhe pages?

Mar 05, John LaPine rated it really liked it. But if I, in spite of my incapability, should try to find words for my enthusiasm for The Body I will choose sentences like: Boully’s book is a fantastic formal narrative of footnotes with esoteric post-modern references and other MFA-worthy things. I found a lot of it really enjoyable to read, but I can’t say I thf away from it understanding what she wanted to say.

The Body: An Essay

Or in this excerpt from a love letter in footnote no. Dreams themselves are footnotes. The result is kind-of elliptical and elusive. Jan 03, Mark rated it really liked it Recommended to Mark by: Other editions – View all The Body: It does have a narrativish thing going on, though it isn’t where the interest comes from.


Seems the tbe would’ve required it once or twice. Posted by Jackie at Boully is able to subtly draw fascinating connections betweens species of absent bodies, from tthe lovers to heroes mythical and personal, and she has woven the book from compelling notions of other lacks, from the simulacra of films, theater and dreams to the falsities of irony.

Oct 11, Max Eichelberger rated it it was ok. The entire book is an alias to itself. I love the cryptic notes the last owner made in the book: Lots of prompts for assorted writings.

Her chapbook of prose,Moveable Types, was released by Noemi Pre Jenny Boully is the author of four books, most recently not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them Tarpaulin Sky Press.

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 For my liking, there was just too little for me to hold onto and while I like the idea I was unable to really get into the text or annotated lack of text.

In the morning I took it up again but again couldn’t appreciate the essay though I was and still am desperate to appreciate it and love it and sympathize with Jenny and her sister and Robert Kelly and the cooed fuck you’s.

The theme of incompleteness and yearning resonated with me, but stylistically it was far too experimental and distant. Her style of writing is poetic and in many cases, beautiful. Retrieved from ” https: Whatever my issue with the sentimentality of some of the footnotes, I’m so impressed by Boully — she makes a mean novel out of juxtaposition, addition and palimpsest, better than a lot of character-driven stuff I’ve read.

Some other transactions they are so busy annotating all night long. From Poe to the Present, and other places.


Jacket 19 – Arielle Greenberg reviews The Body, by Jenny Boully

This is a sustained, intricate project, concerned with profound issues and riddled with fine gems of language and insight. After my sister and I stared at the magazine, we were, the both of us, afraid to part our legs or even to pee.

In the morning, the doves cooed their fuck-yous. For better what a challenge! From Poe to the Present. As a reader, I felt that theme strongly, as I felt the loss of the main body missing from the text and found myself unsure how exactly to handle that loss.

What does it mean to be present and what does it mean to miss something. Apr 06, Rich rated it liked it Shelves: The idea of an entire essay expressed without the essay is something close to if not sheer brilliance, and it’s also amazing to me just how much Boully trusts the reader to then, in their own minds, replace the narrative that isn’t blatantly written down.

The experience of time translates itself into language, and language translates itself into distance, which translates itself into longing, which is the realization of time. 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 Oct 07, Kyle rated it it was amazing.

Trivia About The Body: Mar 23, Evan rated it really liked it. I’m completely in love with Jenny Boully. To ask other readers questions about The Bodyplease sign up.

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