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Itself (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

by Rae Armantrout

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Did not disappoint. I get a kind of mental buzz from reading Armantrout's poetry. It's the feeling Dickinson describes "as if the top of my head were taken off." ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 18, 2017 |
I am inclined to say that I enjoyed this work even more than Versed, the collection for which she won the Pulitzer Prize and the only other book of hers I have read. She moves somewhat further from the obtuse aims of language poetry into more accessible emotional/intellectual terrain here, but her roots remain, though I think a balance has been struck (to some degree) that is advantageous for readers who don't quite "get" language poetry. Armantrout is a skilled poet, and if don't believe that, ask yourself who else could make Flo from Progressive Insurance into a weighty poetic subject. ( )
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What do “self” and “it” have in common? In Rae Armantrout’s new poems, there is no inert substance. Self and it (word and particle) are ritual and rigmarole, song-and-dance and long distance call into whatever dark matter might exist. How could a self not be selfish? Armantrout accesses the strangeness of everyday occurrence with wit, sensuality, and an eye alert to underlying trauma, as in the poem "Price Points" where a man conducts an imaginary orchestra but "gets no points for originality." In their investigations of the cosmically mundane, Armantrout’s poems use an extraordinary microscopic lens—even when she’s glancing backwards from the outer reaches of space. An online reader’s companion is available at http://raearmantrout.site.wesleyan.edu.

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