The Pretext

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Linked by some criticts to the Objectivist tradition, particularly to the poet George Oppen, Rae Armantrout began her writing as a poet closely involved with members of the San Francisco "Language" writers. Her work indeed incorporates elements of both a close observation of the world around about her and a witty play of linguistic and syntactical elements, but her writing is of its own. As Elaine Equi has written of Armantrout's Necromance, "[She] makes you believe that there ...
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Linked by some criticts to the Objectivist tradition, particularly to the poet George Oppen, Rae Armantrout began her writing as a poet closely involved with members of the San Francisco "Language" writers. Her work indeed incorporates elements of both a close observation of the world around about her and a witty play of linguistic and syntactical elements, but her writing is of its own. As Elaine Equi has written of Armantrout's Necromance, "[She] makes you believe that there is still such a thing as originality."

Armantrout's work--which includes Necromance, Made to Seem and the short memoir True--has been increasingly taught in college and university courses; forthcoming is a special colleaction of essays by numerous authors on her writing, A Wild Salience. She lives and teaches in San Diego, California.

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The San Diego-based Armantrout is usually considered the most lyrically oriented of the language poets, eschewing the longer, process-oriented works of the San Francisco wing (now geographically scattered) of her fellow travelers. Her 1998 autobiographical work, True, demonstrated that she could write compelling, if not virtuosic, prose; Wesleyan's selection shows that as with William Carlos Williams, to whom Armantrout owes a debt in the curious torquing of her sentences it is not stylistic pyrotechnics, grandiose theoretical syntheses or encyclopedic references that drives these terrific poems, but an original and quirky turn of mind. Veil includes work from seven previous collections, including The Pretext (which Green Integer is finally issuing whole), and a section of 19 new poems clocking in at 32 pages. Those who haven't discovered the superb poems of Necromance and Made to Seem will find their unsettling vignettes utterly compelling, alert to the vaguest shades of postmodern subjecthood. The Pretext's best poems are resonant coincidings of short bursts of insight, not necessarily aimed at metaphysical revelry (as in, say, Louise Glick's work or in writers of the "ellipticist" tendency) but suggesting an ethical dimension to being: "How do I look?// meaning what/ could I pass for/ when every eye's/ a guard," she writes in "My Associates," and later, "Time's tic:/ to pitch forward/ then catch `itself'/ again.// `We're' bombing Iraq again.// If I turn on the news,/ someone will say, `We / mean business.'" The new poems (including "The Plan," which will be featured in Best American Poetry 2001) continue to avoid "wild/ posturing" for "leafy// prestidigitation" readers won't believetheir eyes. (Oct.) Forecast: Armantrout steadily gained recognition in the '90s as writers and critics of all stripes discovered her work; Veil is sure to be often assigned on campus, while the full-text Pretext will be more confined to fans. The publication of the two books together, especially given Wesleyan's high po-biz profile, should give Armantrout an extra push toward overdue award nominations. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781892295392
  • Publisher: Green Integer Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Series: Green Integer Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Author of Veil, Made to Seem, Necromance, The Pretext and numerous other books of poetry, Rae Armantrout is one of the most well read contemporary poets of the USA.

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Table of Contents

Birthmark: The Pretext 7
Writing 10
Police Business 12
Stream Of 14
Performers 16
Her References 17
The Past 21
Articulation 23
The Inside 26
Scape 28
Carriage 30
Exceptions 32
Someone Else 34
Exchange 36
Our Question 38
Near Rhyme 40
It 43
No 46
Collapse 48
The Turn 51
Between 53
Qualia 54
Thinking 56
My Associates 58
Direction 60
About 62
Part Of It 64
Sets 66
Greeting 68
The Plot 70
Circuit 73
All 74
Here 76
There 79
Over 81
Requirements 82
Size 84
Light 86
Statement 88
Now 90
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