50/50 is a series of 50-word capsule reviews I am doing in conjunction with my pledge to read 50 books in 2012. Hope you enjoy. The next 50/50 will be James Tate’s “Selected Poems.”
Written on the Body, Jeanette Winterson (1992)
Genderless narrator. Extended prose poem style; ecstatic, spiraling ruminations on love. A more accessible, less frighteningly abstruse Wittgenstein’s Mistress. Rapturous in parts, slightly repetitive in others. “Written on the body is a secret code only visible in certain lights; the accumulations of a lifetime gather there.” An affair intensely felt.