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Rae Armantrout

Wesleyan Poetry Series

2018 • 160 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$24.95 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-7823-5

$19.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7824-2

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Poems written on the shifting ground of imminent systemic collapse

Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Rae Armantrout is at once a most intimate and coolly calculating poet. If anyone could produce a hybrid of Charlie Chaplin’s playful “Little Tramp” and Charlize Theron’s fierce “Imperator Furiosa,” it would be Armantrout. Her language is unexpected yet exact, playing off the collective sense that the shifting ground of daily reality may be a warning of imminent systemic collapse. While there are glimmers here of what remains of “the natural world,” the poet confesses the human failings, personal and societal, that have led to its devastation. No one’s senses are more acutely attuned than Armantrout’s, which makes her an exceptional observer and reporter of our faults. She leaves us wondering if the American Dream may be a nightmare from which we can’t awaken. Sometimes funny, sometimes alarming, the poems in Wobble play peek-a-boo with doom.

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From the Book:


Screw smug survivors
talking about us
as if we weren't quite

We never really loved them.

And screw time
which pancakes things
but also makes distinctions.


We have time
to watch versions
then parodies
and rank them,

to play
pin the tail
on the apocalypse

and define our terms:

to engulf
is to cover
or surround;

a gulf
is a chasm


Short-Listed for the National Book
Award in Poetry (2018)

RAE ARMANTROUT is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of fourteen books of poetry. She has published nine books with Wesleyan University Press, including Entanglements, Partly, and Versed.

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