Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Comprised of footnotes to a nonexistent text, THE BODY: 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 on the relation of life to book. Christian Bök 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.... 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." First published in 2002 and excerpted in such anthologies as The Next American Essay and The Best American Poetry 2002, THE BODY: 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.
Jenny Boully is the author of OF THE MISMATCHED TEACUPS, OF THE SINGLE-SERVING SPOON: A BOOK OF FAILURES (Coconut Books, 2012), NOT MERELY BECAUSE OF THE UNKNOWN THAT WAS STALKING TOWARDS THEM (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2011), The Book of Beginnings and Endings (Sarabande, 2007), [ONE LOVE AFFAIR]* (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2006), THE BODY: AN ESSAY (Essay Press, 2007, and Slope Editions, 2002), and the chapbook Moveable Types (Noemi Press, 2007). Her work has been anthologized in The Next American Essay, The Best American Poetry, Language for a New Century, and Great American Prose Poems. Born in Thailand and reared in Texas, she teaches nonfiction and poetry at Columbia College Chicago.Author City: CHICAGO, IL USA