Prac Crit

Rae Armantrout

Rae Armantrout’s twelfth book of poetry is Itself (Wesleyan University Press, 2015); a new selected poems is forthcoming. Her numerous honours include a Pulitzer Prize and an award from the National Book Critics Circle (for Versed, 2009).

Here

1 / / I’m here to recreate / the ‘fleeting impression’ / that others once saw themselves / / as repositories of experience. / In a dream, / I’m three old actors / / known for playing in Westerns. / We’re on a trek through wild country / to show how the past might have been. / / A voice-over says that our saddles / are especially worn and rough-hewn. / / / / 2 / / It’s supposed to be beautiful / to repeat a motif / in another medium. / / A regular / ...

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Accordingly

1 / / The object is ‘vibrant,’ ‘withdrawn,’ / and ‘incoherent.’ / / A small range of times / co-exist within the object / / or, if the object is large, / it may extend through times / / that are unwilling / to co-exist. / / In this sense, the object / hasn’t been itself lately. / / / / 2 / / A human uses part / of herself to think / of the rest / of herself as existing / / ‘now.’ / / This is labor intensive. / / / / 3 / / The ‘...

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