Reception and Openings | Rae Armantrout | Granta Magazine

Reception and Openings

Rae Armantrout

‘Because children suspect that objects conceal their powers and intentions, animators make an alarm clock run, screaming, in circles.’

Reception

 

‘No market left

emerging.’

 

Capital’s interior monologue

lines the jet way

at Kennedy

 

*

 

By adjusting their orbits slightly,

electrons can reach out

 

and conjure

 

the tug

of more than one

 

nucleus.

 

*

 

One man plays

 

‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’

and ‘Hernando’s Hideaway’

 

on an accordion

in Spain.

 

*

 

On a silent

American Airlines screen

 

somewhere over the Atlantic

a woman cartwheels

 

towards Marriott

reception

 

above the words,

‘Stay amazing!’

 

 

Openings

 

1

 

Because children suspect that objects conceal their powers and intentions,

animators make an alarm clock run, screaming, in circles.

 

2

 

Because as I lie facing the wall the bones of my eye socket hurt, I see myself

as an ancient skeleton recently unearthed. Then I appear in a re-enactment

of the moments before my death, a clear eyed young woman peering

from the mouth of a cave

into what I take to be

an open future.

 

Photograph © Riley Elias

 

Rae Armantrout

Rae Armantrout’s poetry collections include Itself and Versed, which was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her work has appeared in many anthologies, including Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology. She is professor emeritus at UC San Diego.

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