“Genie in a Bottle” by Christina Aguilera

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My BFF dyed the tips of my hair pink when Christina did. I had one of those cd players you could hang in your shower and I’d dance while I showered.

Xtina does a lot of yoga now. I like yoga. I understand the way western capitalism has co-opted it. That is and is not related to one’s own private body.

Xtina did a yoga session with Jackie Lee on The Voice and it was so weird. I always think of Xtina and Britney as Miley precursors but really what are we saying when we claim that women with public bodies are part of a lineage.

I don’t want a private body but I don’t want a public body either.

We are all public bodies, some more than others. This is required of us by power. I am anti-capitalist and I don’t want a capitalist body but I don’t want an anti-capitalist body either.

-Amanda Montei



Amanda Montei holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and is currently a PhD student at SUNY at Buffalo. She is co-editor of the collaborative press Bon Aire Projects, and editor of the literary journal P-QUEUE.  Her chapbook The Failure Age, is forthcoming from Bloof Books in 2014, and she is co-author, with Jon Rutzmoser, of DINNER POEMS. Her novel Two Memoirs is forthcoming from Jaded Ibis Press in 2014.



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