Sarah Cook

Sarah Cook currently lives/writes in Maine with her partner, two cats, and a bunch of tattoos. Other sections from the project, “Notes on the post-body,” can be found in Gesture Literary Journal and are forthcoming in Illuminati Girl Gang.

from Notes on the Post-Body

sometimes, the idea of breasts is enough.

disruptive ones.

interacting with each of us differently1.

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meditation, interaction, authority:

                              it’s all the same for the post-body.

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authority cannot speak to what color my underwear is.1

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just so you know

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interaction includes the ability to sense reaction.

not reaction, but to watch someone recognizing—

there is pain, and there is also recognition;

                                        usually, we fall short.

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how hard it is to know disruption. what it looks like, its texture.

the body either sees it first (i.e. other)     or feels it (self)    but not often both.

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the post-body, first and foremost, disrupts.

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think through: breaking open the diseased body; to fill with oxygen. to gather lack.

thinking with: the possibility of understanding freedom through its absence.

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what does absence, et al. look like? if you had to sum up its texture…?

pick one consistent fabric

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other than itself

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Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?

    A: muse and/or father

                                    (interruption)

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had to close my legs entirely

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“fantasy leg situation”1

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the post-body, first and foremost, erupts.

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just another way of talking about [ ]

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other than itself

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theoretically, the post-body has many legs,

                outlines suggesting a new method of curation;

        in practice, it has begun the long hard road of defamiliarizing limbs. or rather,
                    getting to know them.

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you might say it has closed all possibilities of convention

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you might say clothes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1Bahadori, “The Post-Gender Era”
1margin notes, Madwoman in the Attic
1“…what’s that called?”