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The Idea of a Body

11 April, 2015: The Idea of a Body

READ A POEM

by Nancy Boutilier
The Idea of a Body
“Like a body wholly body”
                           — Wallace Stevens

curves shoulders thighs
like a body wholly body
loins tendons muscles
tits ass attitude
miss dee
miss can dee light
miss twilight at midnight
it’s all right
alibi airtight
miss thing ain’t missin’
a thing
a bawdy
wholly bawdy body
holy body
enshrined in hips
heels hair
spray
dis-
playing
this sacred
rite
of passage
like a body
wholly body
body
of literature
packed with meaning
body
of water
uncrossable
or miraculously parted
a body
wholly body
holy holy holy body
any body
every body
is some
body
wholly.

"The Idea of a Body" by Nancy Boutilier, from On the Eighth Day Adam Slept Alone. Black Sparrow Press, 2000. Used with permission of the author.

ABOUT TODAY’S POET
Nancy Boutilier’s collections from Black Sparrow Press, According to Her Contours and On the Eighth Day Adam Slept Alone, were both finalists for the Lambda Literary Award in poetry. A former high school English teacher and basketball coach, Nancy has been a long-time advocate for LGBTQ youth and recently started a drop-in Safe Space for queer teens in Lorain County. Nancy has an MFA from The Rainier Writing Workshop of Pacific Lutheran University and has poems forthcoming in Bloom and War, Literature, & the Arts. She teaches writing at Oberlin College.
 

WRITE A POEM

Try a limerick today.

Write a limerick on any subject, using the form’s aabba rhyme scheme and traditional meter, demonstrated in the limerick below. If you have written one before, write one on a famous author, as W.H. Auden did:

T. S. Eliot is quite at a loss
When clubwomen bustle across
At literary teas
Crying, “What, if you please,
Did you mean by The Mill On the Floss?”
 
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READ + WRITE: 30 Days of Poetry is a collaboration between Cuyahoga County Public Library and poet Diane Kendig. Our thanks go to Diane and the poets of Northeast Ohio who allowed us to share their poetry.