[Facebook] splits at seams : instructions to reduce your look
Avoid: just : these : five : food : no : exercise : miracle : fruit
the other orchids posing that way
But I’m thistle
Spectrum of stick you meant poke me my own toe
Could be the hatred of mirrors : last year’s
concubine : her orchid glow
There is a lot to take in when it comes to Jenny Drai’s Body Wolf (Horse Less Press). It’s incredibly obtuse, and at times difficult to sift through, but when all the sifting is done, it’s a pretty important, and powerful piece of work. Drai points out how we are all sheep in wolf’s clothing. We are all following the next trend via Facebook. We are all looking to make ourselves better, when in reality, we are all just fine, but unfortunately, too blind to see it. Ad after ad, or wolf after wolf, we are scared of our own image because it doesn’t represent what we are told it should – be it physical, mental, or emotional image.
Really, what I wanted to tell you is that the body
purchases its own legacy
Its own series of rolling blackouts and negligent governmental
designs from which stem every appearance
of proximity to justice without any notion of adherence
The whole chapbook is an interesting look at sewing oneself together like a palimpsest – a fragile paper – and trying to make sure that nothing leaks, that one can hold themselves together, bypass the wolves, the false hopes, the quick fixes, and grow strong by maintaining as much composure is possible between the politics of image.
and the body must determine how to carry
weight and story
weight and story as it ages
to golden tincture as it lives with a blue-eyed cat
the same man
the same nautilus for five years
his heart of chambers resembles a wolf
the heart of a man
In the end, if we’re going to be truly ourselves, Jenny Drai is imploring us to pay less attention to the walls of social media and politics – the wolf – and focus more intently, and intimately on what we actually deserve for our own well-being.