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Rae Armantrout

2017 • 52 pp. 4 x 6"
Poetry / Science-General

$6.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7739-9

A chapbook of poems about physics from Rae Armantrout

Entanglements is the product of a years-long interest in science, particularly physics, by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout. The collection includes poems from her previous books, as well as four new poems. Armantrout delved into books intended to make science accessible for the average person, as well as engaged in conversations with physicists. The title is inspired by the way particles can become so entangled that any space between them becomes irrelevant, but also by the way in which the author’s daily life became entangled with the exploration of physics.

From the Book:


"What made this happen?"
you ask every time

as if
compulsion itself
were mandatory,

the way light travels
at the speed of light

"because it must"


It is in no sense

that this crown of leaves,
sifted by wind

as if turning over
some problem,

is a gray-green
brightening into rust-red

at the tips

or that its equivocations
fill this instant

to the brim.


While light
has caught up

to itself

and only seems
to be making


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

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:47:28 -0500