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

The Thingbody Cover

I am looking for God. I am looking for God. I am looking looking longing looking longing for death for purity I am looking longing for purity. Sullied I am looking longing yearning for God. I am looking. Longing yearning for True. Looking for Real. Yearning longing for beautiful I am I am I am looking searching seeking yearning. I am seeking essence center germ place to create all other places. I am looking longing longing looking longing for God. Looking for extreme phenomena extreme phenomena the extreme experience the river water. Seeking river water seeping I am looking looking looking looking seeking broken ice on the river looking longing seeking sinking car doors and river water seeping inside looking longing seeking something true looking longing for God. I am looking looking longing for shattered ice shattered glass. Seeking peeling dissection tables yearning looking for classical models of knowledge. Longing atonement this flabby body classified by bile by fluids I am looking looking looking for something seeking meaning something more looking looking looking longing yearning for God.


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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