Your cock is a simple machine, Juliana Lux

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Your cock is a simple machine
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Poetry that concerns the conflicts and (non)resolutions bound in the relationship between a man and woman. Raw and insightful, the poetry-hybrid-prose traverses terrain that usually remains well beneath the surfaces.

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Your cock is a simple machine
Juliana Lux
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Dear Object,

What did you mean when you said you didn’t like my body of writing? As if only I could be separated a kind, supremacy, your different species tied wholly to the fate of the earth. Truly you can organize anything. Was it cos the work I asked you to read contained a certain femaleness inexorable from what you choose to ignore, a kind of femaleness that made you feel uncomfortable or immolated? Like I am really the sort of cynicism and human garbage of someone you could eventually love? I want to relate my duplicity to the world. That maybe by becoming a physical representation of my ideas I could transform myself from object into subject. What better way than to make the personal political, to transform the psychological into something social or public—to invite an interaction with others into my own object-ness. You can only be as beautiful as the things you ignore and I want to be as ugly as my feelings.

I have received much scorn, humor from you by stating that everything is about sex. I would like to amend this proposition in an effort to reach you. Perhaps a more fitting statement is to say everything in our world, what we do, how we act, what we perceive with our many feelers is political, and since most of our world is sexed, who we act within or how we oppose the form is also a political act of sex. Everything is about sex just as it is that our entitlement comes from the positions we embody in society. I have been made a body, my many holes through which I see you and suck cos I learned to love by sucking. Everything is about sex as we are constructed and materialized into sexual commodities to be regulated, exchanged, and mutilated.

In his introduction to Eroticism: Death and Sensuality, Georges Bataille states that humans are discontinuous. That only in the moment of conception is there a meeting of two discontinuous or 66

individual beings becoming a unified whole. We live and inhabit a space of others but ultimately we are born alone and die alone. Maybe love, like religion, comes from a primal need or desire to become continuous, unified. To create something that has the potential to transform into a whole and that is part and parcel a universal ‘I’ or ‘you.’ A suspension of our discontinuity for a communion with the divine—the idea of loving another is to become the parts of ‘you’ and ‘I’—such a desire that still maintains a centralized sense of self. Maybe this can never be achieved apart from the way Bataille has outlined, apart from utero conception and death, but I like the idea of becoming once again an aggregation of life, colluding a form that proves to ameliorate my own ephemeral state and discontinuity.

I do not wish for you to respond for at some point in time we all become objects to be acted upon. Experience can be conceptual—it is not always sequential but an intensified view of reality that becomes synchronistic, at times self effacing and self fulfilling. Since much of our experience is based on intensity, it does not rely on reality to become a part of it. We haven’t done anything so antithetical to this erasure. It is from this intensity, from a self-created freedom that I speak to you. That by writing this letter to you, by accepting my failures and desires I could go on living—I do not exist only in my mind, I am in the world and of the world—I exist, I exist.

Love,

Juliana

 

Juliana Lutz lives and works in Missoula, Montana.
Your cock is a simple machine is her first book.

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