The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Clare Louise Harmon’s “The Thingbody”

The Thingbody Cover

Thingbody compulsively anxious compulsively continuously
compulsively anxious thought you could thought you could
terminate existence. In total irrationality you thought you could
terminate existence. Attempts with the implement pressed and
pushed and pressed and pushed presspushed pulsations pushed
through flesh. Technique perfected to presspush pulse through
flesh like fruit like sinewy fibrous stalk. Thingbody lets loose a
guttural whimper fretting lets loose a guttural whimper: catalyze
the biochemical basrelief.

Suicide is a sin an affront to
God the manipulation of
duration.


This selection comes from Clare Louise Harmon’s book The Thingbody, available now from Instar Books. Purchase your copy here!

Clare Louise Harmon is a musician and poet. She is the author of The Thingbody (Instar Books, 2015) and If Wishes Were Horses the Poor Would Ride (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous magazines and journals including Sixth Finch, PANK, Tammy, Lockjaw, and The Feminist Wire. An advocate for rape survivors and persons in recovery from eating disorders, she regularly volunteers for The Emily Program as a guest speaker and blogger.

She currently teaches violin, viola, and piano at the Louisiana Academy of the Performing Arts and lives in New Orleans with her rescue dog, Tink.

Jennifer Hanks is the author of the forthcoming chapbooks Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press) and The Unsteady Planet(Instar Books), a collaboration with illustrator Julie Herndon. Her work has appeared in Arcadia, Ghost Ocean Magazine, Muzzle, Menacing Hedge, PANK, and other journals. She writes an ongoing column, Disorder Reigns, for Arcadia‘s online sundries blog. She is an MFA candidate at the University of New Orleans.

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