Poetry

One Poem by Julianne Neely

Our poetry editor, Wendy Xu, has selected one poem by Julianne Neely for her monthly series that brings original poetry to the screens of Hyperallergic readers.

Tarsila do Amaral, “Composição (Figura só) (Composition [Lonely Figure])” (1930), oil on canvas (photo by Elisa Wouk Almino/Hyperallergic)

LANDSCAPE WITHOUT FORM

 

critical theory of an extensible self
they placed me in the meadow and so I was in the meadow

 

woman producing
gender affecting

 

forming the basis for much poetry

 

I think riding a horse is idiotic, sue me

 

in order to assert transcendence
the romantic poet
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female figure who inhabits

I strangle myself with my own hair

I rearrange my body

recuperating the love of man through the love of nature, shut up

 

I do not want to be your wife

an abstract but unassailable force
he desires

 

how different is our mourning

the speaker stands
the speaker is experienced

 

I memorized the slaughter

I was acculturated and socialized

 

I have been a disappointment,
of affection,
of primitiveness,

 

 

I fail to read the lyric
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Julianne Neely received her MFA degree from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where she received the Truman Capote Fellowship, the 2017 John Logan Poetry Prize, and a Schupes Prize for Poetry. Her writing has been published in VIDA, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Iowa Review, and more. Her chapbook The Body Beside Herself is out now from Slope Editions.

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