By Rae Armantrout
What do "self" and "it" have in universal? In Rae Armantrout's new poems, there isn't 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 exist. How may well a self now not be egocentric? Armantrout accesses the strangeness of daily incidence with wit, sensuality, and a watch 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 area.
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HABITAT Habitat-themed enclosure. Zen-inflected mug. round the block canine bark at absence. THE WAIT a narrative offers with distance; the way it should be crossed. there'll be risky animals within the kind of questions. a few Jack of golf equipment may have stumble on a solution, beguiled starvation, persisted. I can’t wait to start dreaming (thinking). this suggests I wait. realization is so uninteresting with its id of noises at nighttime, its taxonomies of grinding. In my desires, emotions are tacked directly to shapes. One or the opposite needs to be an afterthought. jointly they make an ungainly animal. this can be additionally precise while I’m wide awake, yet for that, in fact, it's not that i am dependable. incidence Here’s whatever approximately me. i am getting up whilst sleep turns into insufferable, whilst goals repeat themselves, minor adaptations on a randomly chosen subject matter. i am going to mattress while attention turns into insufferable, while the home repeats itself and the tv bargains to imagine for me. Lay-offs speed up turn-around. extraterrestrial beings may perhaps try and converse with us utilizing black holes. here's what we all know approximately God. If we're made in God’s photograph, God is impatient with no rather figuring out what He needs could ensue. finish consumer What do i must say to myself? My username is invalid. ache concentrates: a continual sign that consumes the receiver. the idea that nature is God’s speech: small tomato cysts seem on shingle twigs below bow-tie leaves. So while water or shadows are going over “the related flooring? ” “Made any funds even though? ” one asks and either chortle loudly. LOOP Curled up in mattress, I’m younger within the outdated means. One non-stop stroke with no lifting the pen as though “stem, tendril, stem, tendril” have been the phrases of a commandment. My subsequent elliptical loops learn “Praise. ” note deciphered at a snail’s velocity GEOGRAPHY 1 contact every one chakra in flip and say, “Nothing shocks me. ” 2 looking at bombs fall on Syria, we suppose critical, occupied, no longer preoccupied as we have been formerly. three “Makes me finish the place I begun,” wrote John Donne, turning love into geometry. patience What if one loves what she thinks of as her former self in what she takes to be another’s eyes? The social gathering of fake wealth — or “Cold Light”— is my favourite. Blue glittering fruit, as though frost may be our visitor. numerous small white bulbs in the back of cutout crystals. The patience of hope in brain after wish has or hasn’t been fulfilled: the “other global” position MARK Shiva hands of the potato vine so wanting to unharness this bloom they could spare just a couple of darkish leaves. Tip of the thrust basically, like spark chipped off and staining area. “I believe it,” I acknowledged and also you got here. BELIEVING 1 whilst did you first examine that the bursts of colour and sound have been meant for you? while did you unlearn this? 2 Believing your self to have a mystery identification could be a signal of insanity. nevertheless, the shortcoming of a mystery id can result in melancholy. Many have stumbled on it important to lie down as males believing themselves to be little women or as women believing themselves to be mermaids stranded of their personal our bodies.