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Partly
New and Selected Poems, 2001–2015
Rae Armantrout

Publication date: August 1, 2017 (paperback)


Wesleyan Poetry Series

Wesleyan
2016 • 252 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry

$19.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7773-3
$28.00 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-7655-2

$15.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7656-9

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“These potent, compact meditations on our complicated times reveal Armantrout’s observant sensibility, lively intellect, and emotional complexity. Including some of
her most brilliant pieces, this generous volume affirms Armantrout’s reputation as one of our sharpest and most innovative writers.”—
Publishers Weekly

New and selected poetry from Pulitzer prize-winning author Rae Armantrout

Rae Armantrout’s poetry comprises one of the most refined and visionary bodies of work written over the last forty years. These potent, compact meditations on our complicated times reveal her observant sensibility, lively intellect, and emotional complexity. This generous volume charts the evolution of Armantrout’s mature, stylistically distinct work. In addition to 25 new poems, there are selections from her books Up To Speed, Next Life, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award winning volume Versed, Money Shot, Just Saying, and Itself. Including some of her most brilliant pieces, Partly affirms Armantrout’s reputation as one of our sharpest and most innovative writers.

An online reader’s companion is available at http://raearmantrout.site.wesleyan.edu.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“These potent, compact meditations on our complicated times reveal Armantrout’s observant sensibility, lively intellect, and emotional complexity. Including some of
her most brilliant pieces, this generous volume affirms Armantrout’s reputation as one of our sharpest and most innovative writers.”—
Publishers Weekly

“You know when you look at a word until it means nothing and then, suddenly and at last, everything? The word is poetry. The poet is Rae Armantrout.”—Daniel Handler, author of the national bestseller We Are Pirates

“Hoopskirts, star jasmine, synchronized swimming, Russian icons, a ceramic fish face, electrons and photons: in these poems, everything is interconnected, thought through, deeply felt and expressed in the most precise and necessary words. Rae Armantrout is one of our most inventive and magnetic poets, and she never disappoints: with inspired patience, she embraces the strangeness of our familiar world and refashions it into something new and utterly transporting.” —Lydia Davis, author of Can't and Won't

“If you missed any of the collections from Rae Armantrout’s prolific second period, which spans illness, the financial crash, and a fervent and witty engagement with science, this book’s a gift to you: a fat batch of poems, selected and new. In the brave and brilliant new poems, Armantrout slyly questions her own life’s work in poetry, her “40 years/of turning experience into topiary.” But this “topiary” will stand. Armantrout’s poems are funny, politically sharp, feminist, anecdotal, and wise. You’ll read them in a sitting (she’s terse) and for the rest of your life. Armantrout tries to feel the edges of what can be said, saying it one way, then another, to see whether it is the same it, to never quite catch it "just saying" itself. What would we do without Rae Armantrout, who slants the said so we see how we don’t know?” —Cathy Wagner, author of Nervous Device

“You know when you look at a word until it means nothing and then, suddenly and at last, everything?  The word is poetry.  The poet is Rae Armantrout.” —Daniel Handler, author of the national bestseller, We Are Pirates

“Rae Armantrout finds extraordinary poetry in the ways we make sense of the world. She tracks the insights, struggles and false steps by which reasoning connects what we see with our own eyes to the images that tumble from films, television and the internet. Her exploration of the ecology of ideas has also made her one of our finest poets of science. What on earth are these golden new ideas of quantum computing or dark matter that the physicists are talking about? Armantrout insists on biting the gold, and introduces even the most cosmological ideas to her own neighborhood. She discovers that the two cultures of science and the arts can touch down on the same sites of contemporary life.” —Peter Middleton, author of Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War and After

From the Book:

WORD PROBLEMS

If a fat man
with one ear lobe distended
by a large ring

and a thin man
in a heavy neck chain

sit together
checking email


The real is made up
of things minus
appearance


near eucalyptus strands
of green crescents

and their shadows - flighty
half-moons


while the soul
is made up
of appearance
minus things



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RAE ARMANTROUT is professor emerita of writing at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of thirteen previous books of poetry.



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


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