165.1: Julia Bloch:: Right Ovary, Left Ovary & Fourth Walk & Tulare & Strathmore
7 April 2014
In "Tulare," the third poem below, Julia Bloch writes: "Too much space between the objects." In "Fourth Walk," the second poem, Bloch writes: "Because she wrote it down and it was used as evidence." In "Right Ovary, Left Ovary," the first poem, Bloch writes: "Some of / the jars were labelled S / and some of the jars were labelled W." In "Strathmore," the final poem, Bloch writes: "it is a punctuation device." In all of these poems, the idea of the object comes to the fore. In the form of these poems, the statements, lines, and words are presented as objects for consideration. The poem is itself an object, and the pieces that make up the poem are also objects. In the content, the object-ness of things is considered—fertility and pregnancy, Dan Flavin's art, herbs in a glass jar, the thoughts and experiences generated on a walk, a small county in central California, ice, a small town of less than three thousand in Tulare County, lights, wives, seatbelts, and bodies. Bloch's poems remind us that words both are things and refer to things and, in that space between, the poem emerges, becomes evidence—is made to be seen.