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Julia Guez

The Certain Body


2023 NYC BBA Distinguished Favorite

Through her lyrical expressions, Guez shows us that art is not just a way to heal, but that healing itself is a form of art. It is a process of acceptance, of finding meaning in the journey, and of creating something beautiful out of the imperfections of life. The Certain Body is a poem that captures the experience of living with illness. It follows the speaker through a SARS-CoV-2 infection, from the initial diagnosis to the gradual recovery. The poem explores the physical and emotional toll of illness, as well as the moments of grace and beauty that can be found even in the midst of suffering. The poem is divided into three parts: "The Certain Body," "The Liminal Space," and "Refortification." The first part describes the physical symptoms of the illness, such as the fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The second part explores the emotional and spiritual dimensions of illness, such as the fear, isolation, and uncertainty. The third part celebrates the speaker's gradual recovery, as she finds new strength and resilience. The poem is full of imagery that captures the experience of illness. The speaker compares her body to a "wreckage" and a "prison." She describes the feeling of being "unmoored" and "adrift." But she also finds beauty in the midst of suffering, such as the "tenderness" of her loved ones and the "grace" of nature. The Certain Body is a powerful and moving poem that offers a unique perspective on the experience of illness. It is a reminder that even in the midst of suffering, there is always hope.
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