Just Saying (Wesleyan Poetry Series)
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In Just Saying, improbable and even untenable speakers are briefly constituted—only to disappear. The result is part carnival, part nightmare. A television pundit’s rhetoric segues into an unusual succulent with writhing maroon tongues. When the world suddenly becomes legible, is that revelation or psychosis? In this book, the voice of the Lord and/or the voice of the security state can come from anyplace. The problem of identity becomes acute. The poems in Just Saying may be imagined as chimeras, creatures that appear when old distinctions break down and elements generally kept separate combine in new ways. Here Armantrout both worries (as a dog worries a bone) and celebrates the groundless fecundity of being and of language.
just saying RECENT BOOKS BY RAE ARMANTROUT Money Shot (Wesleyan University Press) Versed (Wesleyan University Press; 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) Next Life (Wesleyan University Press) Collected Prose (Singing Horse Press) Up to Speed (Wesleyan University Press) Veil: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press) The Pretext (Green Integer) True (Atelos Publishing Project) Wesleyan University Press Middletown CT 06459 www.wesleyan.edu/wespress � 2013 Rae Armantrout All rights
notebook. PRODUCTION Crowd of wracked spindles cannot cover desert “floor.” That throng of extras? Hired mourners in costume. B-list snits as white noise. Old grievances are re-enacted and aired while “fracking” blasts gas from shale. Kid scared of her own shadow – natch – that access-denied body. BEING SEEN Old-time Loony Tunes heart-shaped tin on which Tweety Bird, beak agape, eyes bulging, holds a Valentine’s Day card against his own thin breast. Here’s the
You’ve figured out what units you’ll need to exchange for units if you intend I know I mustn’t interrupt. 3 Hectic and flexible, flames are ideal new bodies for us! AT 1 “I define terror,” the shooter says and types out the dictionary. The government controls us through grammar and new currency. 2 Red car at the center of the circle maze formed by an illegible white sentence. On the black wall of the Hyundai building block letters shout: SNAP OUT OF IT but I can’t see
ivy, star jasmine, the “on and on” without budging. I liked Russian icons, circles within circles in the virgin’s halo, the way her cloak matched the sky which was not the sky at all. 2 Now I see that the outsized “personalities” of our day, the Brad and Angies, have the blurred, grainy texture indicative of stretching. We get a faint ping back when we focus on these objects. 3 “An electron is an excitation in an electron field,” a permanent tizzy in the presence of
order to be well defined. The situation in which a point can be defined as an object. Clipped nonce? Far-flung. Hibiscus can think purple whorls around us THE ELECT I want to explore the post-hope zeitgeist. I don’t like the option of zero wiggle room. I might mean “I’m next,” or “in the vicinity of,” or “about to” move my joystick sideways, register for the long interglacial moraine. NEW INTELLIGENCE 1 Stars are the campfires of exiles. Language exists to pull