Somatic Poem Experience

This poem is a response to a somatic prompt a fellow student offered to me as part of our Language and Thinking course at Bard College. The prompt was along the lines of: Observe five people in the course of a day who have similar body parts as you do and contemplate into which categories these similarities place you.

Another added complication to the piece was that I was required to weave in lines from page 7 of Judith Butler’s book Undoing Gender.  

I was more than pleasantly surprised by the product. Enjoy.

Five meat sacks

skin only stitches together


of social support

beautiful; I think

penises: awkward

it turns out that changing. . .


changing. . .


changing. . .


is a prerequisite for self determination

not too tall, not too short

the body maintains


the body maintains


five meat sacks

bound up with social critique

support. . .


support. . .


conversely sacks

conversely meat

self is demented

determination indeed.



Butler, Judith. Undoing Gender. New York: Routledge, 2004. Print.


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