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Up to Speed Rae Armantrout

Up to Speed

Rae Armantrout

Published
ISBN : 9780819566973
Hardcover
69 pages
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 About the Book 

Rae Armantrouts most recent collection of poems focuses on the phenomenon of time, both as lived experience at the start of the 21st century and as a stubborn mystery confronting physicists and philosophers. The poems in this book are polyphonic:MoreRae Armantrouts most recent collection of poems focuses on the phenomenon of time, both as lived experience at the start of the 21st century and as a stubborn mystery confronting physicists and philosophers. The poems in this book are polyphonic: they juxtapose the discourses of science and religion, Hollywood and the occasional psychotic stranger. The title poem, which appears in Best American Poetry 2002, leads off with a sphinx asking Does a road / run its whole length / at once? / Does a creature / curve to meet / itself? Armantrouts work, with its careful syntax bordering on plain speech and meticulously scored short lines, is always struggling with the problem of consciousness- its blindspots and double-binds. The poems whirl like shifting and scattered pieces of the present moment. They attempt to make sense of our lives while acknowledging the depth of our self-deception and deception.