TIME IS THE THING A BODY MOVES THROUGH

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TIME IS THE THING A BODY MOVES THROUGH BY T FLEISCHMANN

Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through is a lyric essay twining two relationships, two loves at different times in the author’s life. It is an exploration of what it means to be outside the boundaries of definition but still alongside another person. It is represented by fragments of daily life—sex and art and transit—and punctuated by questions. T Fleischmann uses a menagerie of personal experiences and research to develop these lines of questions; ranging from the frozen land of Thule to the Death Book initiated by the Public Universal Friend; from Felix Gonzalez-Torres's candies wrapped in cellophane to art made with Squirt cans on a farm. Fleischmann notes that Gonzalez-Torres’s art has been called generous, but asks, “. . . shouldn’t those things be free? Medicine, water, blood, the goldenness of something beginning, for whoever might need them?” Despite being only 176 pages, Fleischmann’s book is also generous in its refusal to wrap up or resolve, leaving a wealth of inquiries to be pursued, an endless supply of thoughts feeding thoughts. Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through asks us to look again at things we thought we knew—ice on a barn, a friend spooning a friend—and see them beyond the constraints of cultural structures—including language.

Coffee House Press.

—Review by Joy Clark