Up to Speed / Edition 1

Up to Speed / Edition 1

by Rae Armantrout
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0819566985

ISBN-13: 9780819566980

Pub. Date: 02/03/2004

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

Rae Armantrout’s 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

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Rae Armantrout’s 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?” Armantrout’s 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819566980
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
02/03/2004
Series:
Wesleyan Poetry Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

up to Speed
• Form
• Currency
• Exceptional
• Sake
• Afterlife
• The Fit
• Middle Man
• Solid
• Co-Existence
• Entanglement
• My Advantage
• End Times
• Seconds
• The Cell Phone at Your Ear May Not Exist
• Fieldwork
• In Time
• Interior Design
• Next Generation
• Intact
• Upper World
• Many
• Once
• Another Sense
• Transaction
• Flinch
• Wrte Home
• Visualizations
• yet
• As One
• Enough
• This Time
• Interval
• En Route
• Imaginary Places
• Speaking
• Gorgons
• Boz
• Almost
• Phrashing
• Now This
• Back

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