US$39.16 Rae Armantrout (born 13 April 1947) is an American poet generally associated with the Language poets. She is a daughter of John William and Hazel Maud (Hackett) Armantrout. This is one of the ways she uses form as accumulation, as well as subtle, yet radical subversion. Rae Armantrout (born 13 April 1947) is an American poet generally associated with the Language poets. Read Next. Masks are what we show to the public, what we hide from others (and ourselves), and, now, how we protect ourselves and, in some cases, resist. 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Wesleyan University Press | September 8, 2020. “I’m a chimera / factory”—the last lines of the poem “Can You See”—is an apt description of Conjure, a new book of poems by multiple award-winning poet Rae Armantrout. Armantrout was born in Vallejo, California but grew up in San Diego. Rae Armantrout, one of the founding members of the West Coast group of Language poets, stands apart from other Language poets in her lyrical voice and her commitment to the interior and the domestic. Joseph O’Neill. Elizabeth Vreeland. “Eat like you care! (August 2020) This Issue. She has published nine books with Wesleyan University Press, including Entanglements, Partly, and Versed. Conjure Rae Armantrout Wesleyan University Press | September 8, 2020 “I’m a chimera / factory”—the last lines of the poem “Can You See”—is an apt description of Conjure, a new book of poems by multiple award-winning poet Rae Armantrout.The collection is a superbly crafted shapeshifter, a distinctive discourse that dislocates traditional linguistic patterns and conventional wisdom. Ingrid D. Rowland. A Pulitzer Prize-winner, among other honors, she is the author of fourteen collections of poetry, including the just-published Partly: New and Selected Poems, 2001 - … Combined with the supplanting of personal contact with electronics and the flawed impersonality of said machinery, this is but one instance of Armantrout the poet as seer as well as social commentator. The Master’s Master. An only child, she was raised among military communities on naval bases, predominantly in San Diego. Self-consciousness is a form of looking outward, of judging the self in an environment, whereas consciousness of the self is an inward process; Armantrout questions whether being self-conscious is a good thing or a source of deep dissatisfaction: Here, the reader questions whether the fish feels self-satisfaction in its abilities, which demonstrate its consciousness, or if feeding itself, i.e. --Stephen Burt, London Review of Books More by Rae ... London Review of Books 28 Little Russell Street London, WC1A 2HN letters@lrb.co.uk Please include name, address and a … Title Rae Armantrout: 2010 National Book Festival Summary Poet Rae Armantrout reads at the 2010 National Book Festival. Armantrout is fascinated by the “eye” and “I”—the gaze as well as the subjective experience. She is the author of Partly: New and Selected Poems, 2001–2015 (Wesleyan University Press, 2016); Itself (Wesleyan University Press, 2015). {"bd_js_shop":"Shop","bd_js_too_long_for_shipping_label":"Sorry, that's too long for our shipping labels","bd_js_too_long":"Sorry, that's too long","bd_js_could_not_find_address_try_again":"Sorry, we couldn't find the address. Two Poems 4 July 2019. Armantrout, a native Californian, was educated at the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco State University and she currently teaches at the University of California at San Diego. Rae Armantrout was born in Vallejo, California, in 1947, and was part of the first generation of Language poets on the West Coast. She has published ten books with Wesleyan University Press, including Wobble, Entanglements, Partly, and Versed. Rae Armantrout’s most recent books are Wobble, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Partly: New and Selected Poems. Armantrout has always been this kind of thoughtful poet, one who delights in contemplations and collocations, as well as the systems—biological, scientific, economic, and of course, linguistic—that direct our lives, as seen in the poem “Philosophical Investigations”: Here, Armantrout presents the conundrum of life: our choices constrain outcomes; but the alternative, to select nothing, to remain in potentiality, isn’t viable for a living organism, and is the antithesis of evolution and forward motion. Rae Armantrout was born in Vallejo, California, in 1947, and was part of the first generation of Language poets on the West Coast. Literature event in Garrison, NY by Heller Levinson and Desmond-Fish Public Library on Saturday, January 23 2021 Two Poems 6 February 2020. It is also an example of how Armantrout’s subtle and singular language and style both anchors the poem in its era and engenders a timelessness that endures. © 2021  Rae Armantrout Rae Armantrout’s latest collection of poems is Conjure. Armantrout’s poetry is also seamless, even with the diversity of the stanzaic “rooms” she creates. August 20, 2020. More by this contributor. Written before the pandemic and the ensuing financial crisis (and, at this writing, hurricanes, massive fires, power outages, and more), she says: “There are masks / in offices. Likewise, in Conjure, consciousness, along with a contemplation of our motivations and expectations, is an enduring theme. With that said Rae Armantrout is an excellent poet, and even though this may not be her best book she does have some great collections of poetry out there. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Rae Armantrout has always taken pleasure in uncertainties and conundrums, the tricky nuances of language and feeling. All Contents. Rae Armantrout National Book Award Finalist 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry Versed by Rae Armantrout made me feel pretty ignorant (more than usual anyway!). Rae Armantrout has always taken pleasure in uncertainties and conundrums, the tricky nuances of language and feeling. Rae Armantrout Compact and as densely patterned as silicon chips, Armantrout’s brief stanzas are skeptical about almost every source of human confidence, trust, hope, joy, strength or belief. No More Nice Dems. The Disease of Nature. The thought of a smaller bit… In the title poem, the speaker—possibly a stand-in for the poet—offers her intent for this collection, perhaps for her lifetime of poetics, and what is still to come: The ironic wink is that Rae Armantrout is responsible for this dance, this spell-making, this deft and graceful maneuvering through the possibilities and power of words, and of the human experience. Fundamentals Why is it that for it to be in- finitely large is terrific, but to be infinitely small is just unthinkable? On the page, they can appear, at first at least, a little etiolated and undernourished. "Armantrout "Remind[s] us that we see only what we have learned to see, what our lives and our societies will let us see, that there is no unmediated nature It would be absurd to depict Armantrout without depicting her pessimism, even cynicism, but it would be seriously misleading to say that she gives up on expression, or novelty, or sympathy, or even lyric." Conjure offers a magic of its own, with sometimes sly and always unforgettable juxtapositions of the minute and the exceptional, elevated by the intellect, flair, and confidence of a poet at the top of her game. Her most recent book of poetry, Versed , was nominated for the National Book Award and honored with the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Verlyn Klinkenborg. I’m going to buy it today! Rae Armantrout. A native of California, she has taught writing at the University of California, San Diego as Professor of Poetry and Poetics for several decades. Conjure Rae Armantrout’s poetry is powerful in part because it appears vulnerable. Her collection Versed won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. One of the country’s most esteemed and honored poets, Rae Armantrout, as part of spending time here teaching in the University of Washington, Bothell creative writing and poetics program, gives this reading here tonight. The word “conjure” typically suggests a summoning, an incantation, though the Latin roots are more related to a “swearing together,” an oath, which suggests a sacred commitment: of the writer to the reader, of the individual to her craft. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. What's inside is all so shiny & clear & even tiny that it appears perfectly do-able. Indeed, sometimes it is quite clever, but other times it simply comes off as pretentious. As in all of her poems, Armantrout leaves such questions open to interpretation. In “Clip Art,” she writes: Armantrout proceeds to not close parentheses in several lines throughout the collection.  US$16.79, Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter. RAE ARMANTROUT is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of fifteen books of poetry. Clair Wills.  US$16.95, US$28.11 Armantrout teaches at UC San Diego. Rae Armantrout's book Just Saying was published this year by Wesleyan. The collection is a superbly crafted shapeshifter, a distinctive discourse that dislocates traditional linguistic patterns and conventional wisdom. Does that secondary hunger, the need for approbation, make human beings superior? Her oeuvre — now comprising ten books since 1978’s Extremities — is made up primarily of short poems, in short lines, fractured and separated out into short sections by either numbers or asterisks. August 20, 2020 issue Vona Groarke. Free delivery worldwide on over 20 million titles. Her father served in the Navy and according to Armantrout, her mother was a great storyteller. (though I won’t hold my breath). Armantrout’s poetics often occupy this sliver of space between finitude and limitlessness. Born in Vallejo, California, Armantrout earned her BA at the University of California, Berkeley—where she studied with Denise Levertov—and she earned her MA at San Francisco State … Rae Armantrout's newest book of poems, Conjure, will be published in September. At its core, Conjure is a collection of ever-deepening excavations of ourselves and our world, all founded on linguistic delight and precision, as well as an enduring sense of wonder. In the poem “Care,” for example, Armantrout explores the act of being self-conscious—a concept different from being conscious of the self. The Book Depository Ltd.UK. The seeming effortlessness of the final product belies the expertise and assuredness behind the curtain; much like the sensitivity a master chef employs, balancing a rare spice in a dish just so. More by this contributor. Then maybe, when I tell you I’m reading the new book of poems by Rae Armantrout, you will say to me, hey, I love poetry! Rae Armantrout. Sometimes Rae Armantrout does hit a stroke of genius, but often times I feel as though she gets a bit too caught up in her own wordplay. What Were Dinosaurs For? Rae Armantrout's newest book of poems, Conjure, will be published in September. Rae Armantrout. Rae Armantrout, a longtime UC San Diego literature professor, was named Thursday among 10 finalists for the 2018 National Book Award in poetry. Background Mary Rae Armantrou was born on April 13, 1947 in Vallejo, California, United States. / Care like you care!” Later, she comments on how technology can interject into our lives so absurdly, worthy of an Ionesco moment: “My screen claims / I have ‘new memories.’”. Logan Fry. She is the author of Partly: New and Selected Poems, 2001–2015 (Wesleyan University Press, 2016); Itself (Wesleyan University Press, 2015). But the stones are so hard & their edges so chiseled that the instant you begin … 130 Degrees. All Contents. Discover Book Depository's huge selection of Rae Armantrout books online. A Horse’s Remorse. (August 2020) This Issue. a poem. Noon. "Trying to read a book by Rae Armantrout in a single sitting is like trying to drink a bowl of diamonds. Rae Armantrout has always taken pleasure in uncertainties and conundrums, the tricky nuances of language and feeling. RAE ARMANTROUT is the Pulitzer Prize–;winning author of fourteen books of poetry. Known for the specificity of her language, her work is about possibilities: the permutations of objects and verbs and ideas that are less like pieces of a puzzle than collages of such systems to allow us to understand our world and ourselves. Two Poems 8 October 2020. “Rae Armantrout is the most philosophical sort of poet, continually seeking in her collections to summon and surmise the contemporary character of subjective experience and, further, to test the limits of knowledge. Conjure Rae Armantrout Wesleyan University Press | September 8, 2020 “I’m a chimera / factory”—the last lines of the poem “Can You See”—is an apt description of Conjure, a new book of poems by multiple award-winning poet Rae Armantrout.The collection is a superbly crafted shapeshifter, a distinctive discourse that dislocates traditional linguistic patterns and conventional wisdom. She has published ten books of poetry and has also been featured in a number of major anthologies. I know that her work has always been highly respected, but when I first picked it up, I just didn’t get it. RAE ARMANTROUT is the author of twelve books of poetry.Her collection, Versed (Wesleyan), won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Critics Circle Award.Her work has appeared in many anthologies and journals. December 19, 2019. Bill McKibben. Or does it imprison us in ways far beyond the boundaries of our marine protagonist? Read Next. 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