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Rae Armantrout

 

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There are moments in Versed of surprising clarity. The poem "Around" begins, typically for Armantrout, with a larger philosophical moment--"Time is pleased/to draw itself/out . . ." But the second section of the poem is almost frighteningly direct:

Chuck and I are pleased

to have found a spot

where my ashes can be scattered.

It looks like a construction site

now

but it's adjacent

to a breathtaking, rocky coast.
The third section of the poem first quotes what might be the language of commerce or advertising, but then contrasts it with the perception of the desperately ill speaker:
"The future

is all around us."

It's a place,

anyplace

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