Publish yr note: First released January thirtieth 2009
Rae Armantrout has consistently equipped her collections of poetry as if they have been works in themselves. Versed brings of those sequences jointly, supplying readers an improved view of the arc of her writing.
The poems within the first part, Versed, play with vice and versa, the perversity of human recognition. They flirt with errors and fantasy, skating on a skinny ice that unavoidably cracks: "Metaphor varieties / a crust / underneath which / the crevasse of every experience." darkish subject, the second one part, alludes to greater than the unseen substance notion to make up nearly all of mass within the universe.
The invisible and unknowable are faced without delay as Armantrout's event with melanoma marks those poems with a brand new austerity, shot via along with her signature wit and stark unsentimental pondering. jointly, the poems of Versed half us from our assumptions approximately truth, revealing the gaps and fissures in our emotional and linguistic constructs, displaying us ourselves the place we're so much uncovered.
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Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (2010)
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Ticklish rumble shuttling among blooms. I’d wish to imagine I’m one, no, them all. * this feeling of my senses being mine is what passes lifestyles to existence? How distinguish one gentle from the following? merely differences can topic. (Canned matter.) 18 * simply made of tuning fork ferns, blackbird pipe-lettes: little golden self-measuring extents 19 Guess 1 The jacaranda, for example, is gorgeous yet no longer critical. That a lot i will bet. And that the view is softened via curtains. That the current.
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Blush yellow by surprise? Today’s edges are so sharp they may reduce something that moved. * the best way a misplaced note will get back unbidden. You’re no longer drawn to it now, merely in figuring out the place it’s been. 70 Had 1 And so I ask, “Do you would like either skies?” I say hold “jets” and “its” constant. I recommend back that you simply strip down whereas final calm 2 it can be that reclining lessens the strain (or presence), yet there are nonetheless sensations to be thought of, no, now not “considered,” dealt with,.
R.V. Don’t get lovely with me! The brain wanders. the cloth concentrates. the total simple yellow with bunchgrasses throughout which a few unfastened ﬂocks are thrown 116 Pass unmarried cells turn into like-minded, forming a consensus or quorum. Bioluminescence and virulence are methods we describe the sensation they percentage then. With attempt, people can technique this situation. “Synchronized swimming has afforded me an excellent life,” says one informant. Why no longer? I too wish to exert energy over the years, 117.