Julia Polyck-O’Neill is an artist, curator, critic, and writer. She lives in St Catharines, Ontario, where she runs the award-winning Border Blur Reading Series. She is a doctoral candidate in Brock University’s Interdisciplinary Humanities program, where she is completing a SSHRC-funded interdisciplinary and comparative critical study of contemporary conceptualist literature and art in Vancouver. She also teaches in visual culture in the department of Visual Arts at the Marilyn I. Walker School.
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Produced, in part, for distribution as part of the Festival of Readers and The Concept of Vancouver conference in St. Catharines, Ontario, October 13-15, 2016.
Undervalue/Dark (after Sylvia Plath, “ELM: For Ruth Fainlight”)
I know the bottom . . .
It is what you fear.
I do not fear it: I have been there.
put your money where your mouth is
put your mouth where your money is
your money is.
your mouth is.
(I am terrified by this dark thing/
That sleeps in me)
& at this point I think life writing is the better solution.