Itself (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

Itself (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

Rae Armantrout


What do "self" and "it" have in universal? In Rae Armantrout's new poems, there is not any inert substance. Self and it (word and particle) are ritual and rigmarole, song-and-dance and lengthy distance name into no matter what darkish topic may perhaps exist. How may possibly a self no longer be egocentric? Armantrout accesses the strangeness of daily prevalence with wit, sensuality, and an eye fixed alert to underlying trauma, as within the poem "Price Points" the place a guy conducts an imaginary orchestra yet "gets no issues for originality." of their investigations of the cosmically mundane, Armantrout's poems use a rare microscopic lens—even while she's glancing backwards from the outer reaches of house.

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