There are bodies of evidence, of transgression, ritual and consumption. Bodies of knowledge, feeling, space and sensuality converge into forms that relate physical and imaginative projections. The body is an illusion, a grouping of cells in rebellion to codes and signs that brand it to transform it. A body is meaningless; only its appearance gives meaning.
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It is not easy to define this book as anything other than indefinable and experimental. It's up to the reader to know what the non-existant text is or means based off of the footnotes. Jenny Boully b. She divides her time between Texas and Brooklyn. The Body : An Essay. Jenny Boully. Cultural Writing. Comprised of footnotes to a non-existent 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 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 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.
The Body: An Essay
For better what a challenge! In this, her first book, Jenny Boully has invented an elaborately footnoted text on absence, love, ontology and identity — minus the text. Thus, the majority of each page is blank; the body is missing. Confronted with such a puzzle, the smart reader will begin to make demands: how am I to read this book? Is this book going to poke a hole in my idea of a book?
The Body by Jenny Boully
It is not easy to define this book as anything other than indefinable and experimental. It's up to the reader to know what the non-existant text is or means based off of the footnotes. Jenny Boully b. She divides her time between Texas and Brooklyn. The Body : An Essay.
She divides her time between Texas and Brooklyn. Boully's first book, The Body, sold out of its first printing  and was re-issued by Essay Press  in A groundbreaking use of form, described by American poet and critic Arielle Greenberg as a "text on absence, love, ontology and identity—minus the text," the content of The Body is delivered only in footnotes , while the usual "body" of work is missing. Comparing it to Thalia Field's Point and Line , Greenberg praised The Body as "an invigorating new approach to the idea of a text , of fiction , of essay , of poetry collection," signaling a "courageous and thoughtful new voice in literature. Boully's third collection, The Book of Beginnings and Endings, "consists of beginnings and endings of more than 30 different texts, spliced together seemingly at random.