‘High up in atmosphere, vertigo intact inside Vodka & Lime’
‘how can all the pressures of surveillance / fail to describe me?’
‘Falaq in Corpus Christi / Whose name means Dawn’
‘We waited quietly for the Queen who wasn’t there’
An exciton consists / of the escaped negative / (electron) / and the positive hole / it left behind.
‘My long career / in explaining / my career.’
‘Because children suspect that objects conceal their powers and intentions, animators make an alarm clock run, screaming, in circles.’
‘Your dad told me to tell you / how good you look to him right now.’ Rae Armantrout revisits Shakespeare’s sonnet 3.
‘Music needs silence / more than silence needs music.’ New poetry by Rae Armantrout.
‘No one was killed.’
‘forensic anthropologists / sorted human from animal bones from Trade Center restaurants, /
all buried together in the Pompeian effect of incinerated dust.’
‘It’s a simple truth that one can occupy two / places at one time while sitting in a chair—the same way a / poseable doll can be divided from her dress.’
Up in shorn Drake’s Meadow the hay bales shine. / They’re sheathed in plastic tubing and the plastic / is slack at each end then tight round the bale / like a film.
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