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Versed
Rae Armantrout



Wesleyan Poetry Series

Wesleyan
2009 • 136 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry

$16.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7091-8
$24.95 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-6879-3

$12.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7110-6

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Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Rae Armantrout has always organized her collections of poetry as though they were works in themselves. Versed brings two of these sequences together, offering readers an expanded view of the arc of her writing. The poems in the first section, Versed, play with vice and versa, the perversity of human consciousness. They flirt with error and delusion, skating on a thin ice that inevitably cracks: “Metaphor forms / a crust / beneath which / the crevasse of each experience.” Dark Matter, the second section, alludes to more than the unseen substance thought to make up the majority of mass in the universe. The invisible and unknowable are confronted directly as Armantrout's experience with cancer marks these poems with a new austerity, shot through with her signature wit and stark unsentimental thinking. Together, the poems of Versed part us from our assumptions about reality, revealing the gaps and fissures in our emotional and linguistic constructs, showing us ourselves where we are most exposed. A reader’s companion is available at http://versedreader.site.wesleyan.edu/

A reader’s companion is available at http://versedreader.site.wesleyan.edu/

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From the Book:

while all the while
the sea breaks
and rolls, painlessly, under.

If we’re not copying it,
we’re lonely.

Is this the knowledge
that demands to be
passed down?

Time is made from swatches
of heaven and hell.

If we’re not killing it,
we’re hungry.

—from “Simple”

Awards/Recognition:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (2010)
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award (2009)
National Book Award Finalist 2009


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RAE ARMANTROUT is a professor of writing and literature at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of ten books of poetry.



This project is supported in part by an award from
National Endowment for the Arts


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