After Dodie Bellamy’s When The Sick Rule the World

by Aja Moore

Aja Moore is a student currently completing her BFA at the University of British Columbia. Her work can be seen online on the Minola Review. She is currently at work curating a poetry mix tape set to be released some time this summer.

 

1. You must be gentle with the object, right away.
2. The object must be allowed to ask for it rough at any time.
3. The object must be allowed to ask you to stop.
4. The object may demand that it be treated in ways that you may see as in conflict, or even as opposing.
5. The object may feel that being treated gently is what causes the most discomfort, or that being treated callously is most comfortable.
6. The object determines what is felt based on what has been felt.
7. The object is reminded of somewhere.
8. The object may require you to reconsider the way you translate.
9. The object is telling you what you want to hear.
10. The object is forgetful.
11. The object is not sure if this is a date.
12. The object is annotated.
13. The object may imbue relationships with men with more meaning than those that occur with others.
14. The object feels similarly towards very different people, and differently towards very similar people.
15. The object may feel that one relationship automatically negates another while wanting it all.
16. The object may want to fuck you for now.
17. The object may want to listen to a song you find abrasive, or misogynistic.
18. The object may think all solutions are familiar.
19. The object may require your intervention.
20. The object has no resolute shape.
21. The object must be allowed to interrupt you.
22. The object must be allowed to ask for your advice.
23. The object must be allowed to ask for silence, and then break it.
24. The object may tag you in a post.
25. The object may need you to shut the fuck up.
26. The object is nostalgic.
27. The object may want to fuck you later.
28. The object bides its time and may need to be a distraction.
29. The object may need you to become distracted.
30. The object wants to know if you have noticed, and if so, when.
31. The object is not scarce.
32. The object is not trying.
33. The object may have needs that will not align with yours.
34. The object may find this attractive.
35. This may be the only thing the object finds attractive.
36. The object is didactic.
37. The object is a spreading mess.
38. The object stains.
39. The object is a gossip.
40. The object sends a slew of sterile texts.
41. The object may be fantasizing about a stage.
42. The object is well-intended.
43. The object may insist that this has never been anything but platonic.
44. The object needs regular maintenance, which can be very costly.
45. The object is expired.
46. The object is concerned about the surface.
47. The object is missing.
48. The object is leaking.
49. The object serves its only purpose.
50. The object may need you to talk dirty to serve yours.
51. The object may insist that some things are “meant to be.”
52. The object needs stitches.
53. The object needs an orgasm.
54. The object may not see that your needs are complementary.
55. The object may have understood progress in terms of resistance.
56. The object may want to be fought for, over and over again.
57. The object may need the opportunity to blame itself.
58. The object may be looking for inspiration.
59. The object condones accidents.
60. The object is a product of our androcentrism, and so must be in some way, androcentric, as well as racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, colonial, and so on.
61. The object does not have the language.
62. The object avoids certain words.
63. The object avoids certain people.
64. The object doesn’t read danger where you might.
65. The object believes that the only cure is something worse.
66. The object may need to touch itself instead.
67. The object may need to think of you as the villain, or of everyone that preceded you as one.
68. The object cannot stop imagining.
69. The object contributes.
70. The object is performing hate.
71. The object may see you as part of a collection.
72. The object may see the collection as incomplete.
73. The object is not the good challenge.
74. The object believes that the worst is yet to come, and that the worst things must be thought of before they can occur.
75. The object considers itself an experiment within an experiment.
76. The object may need you to admit to your role in the experiment, or in the experimenting.
77. The object may require restraints.
78. The object may reach its limit.
79. The object may require your participation in a theoretical discussion about sex with objects.
80. The object may require you not to “read-into” anything.
81. The object may require you not to make this flirtatious, while flirting.
82. The object may not think of this as leading anywhere.
83. The object may consider this the final measure of flexibility.
84. The object does not want to be touched.
85. The object wants to be treated like an object, and so must be sick.

 


Aja Moore is a student currently completing her BFA at the University of British Columbia. Her work can be seen online on the Minola Review. She is currently at work curating a poetry mix tape set to be released some time this summer.

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