‘how can all the pressures of surveillance / fail to describe me?’
The Emotional Life of Plants
An exciton consists / of the escaped negative / (electron) / and the positive hole / it left behind.
Reception and Openings
‘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.
John Balaban: Two Poems
‘forensic anthropologists / sorted human from animal bones from Trade Center restaurants, / all buried together in the Pompeian effect of incinerated dust.’
A Numbered Graph That Shows How Each Part of the Body Would Fit Into A Chair
‘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.
‘What would I give / to be one of those swimmers in all this snow, / swallowed by the cold and the night’s strange radiance?’
Drama Lessons for Young Girls
‘So the young girls, / cast as naughty young girls from the Acropolis, / left – / just with some things missing.’
‘I can only do what is here. But you / Have an entire congregation of choice’
'the trees / are slender in the way that things / are almost, though not quite / absent'
The Lady and the Skull
‘In just such an emblematic a fashion / The world takes on / Human form.’
New Tarzon Guided Bomb Hits Bull’s-Eye!
‘Watch this performance carefully, for you are witnessing a new concept of modern warfare.’
On Jupiter Place
‘I didn’t know who she was anymore / maybe I never did or could –’
Inside the house
‘the bell / was ringing from the chapel, they were there / expecting her.’
Blue Sky Thinking
‘Let’s do this again, ground the planes for a while and leave the runways to the racing hare.’