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This book excites me, with its wit and with its difference. In a menaced time, when sentimental addictions are more futile than ever, we really do need someone smart who speaks near us. Intelligence is the sanctifying grace of poetry; Boully's lets words find us again, when we are sick with strategies of avoidance. She works by leading us ever deeper into the act she proposes, this reading pleasure, and there she catches us reading , and prances round us to show us where we are. In these delicious footnotes to an elided text, maybe her greatest achievement is the formal one of realizing that poems themselves are footnotes to an immense silence. - Robert Kelly
The second-thought made brilliant. Story shadows essay shadows poem. Boully's after-touch on the world of book culture is evocative and earthy and light. - Thalia Field
In a recent issue of Seneca Review devoted to the 'lyric essay,' I encountered The Body by Jenny Boully, a prose poem (or so it seemed to me) consisting exclusively of footnotes to an absent text. It's terrific, and it makes me want to read a lot more by this obviously talented poet. - David Lehman
I love Jenny Boully's work and "The Body: An Essay" is no exception. An experimental essay-hyrbid-poem, Boully deals with love and longing and grief and memory in a way no... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sara Judy
Jenny Boully weaves a haunting loose narrative of a lover missing their other, of someone existing in the open space that has been left by a departure. Read morePublished on October 20, 2007 by Kristin Cerda