Conjure

Conjure

by Rae Armantrout

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Overview

<P>Rae Armantrout has always taken pleasure in uncertainties and conundrums, the tricky nuances of language and feeling. In Conjure that pleasure is matched by dread; fascination meets fear as the poet considers the emergence of new life (twin granddaughters) into an increasingly toxic world: the Amazon smolders, children are caged or die crossing rivers and oceans, and weddings make convenient targets for drone strikes. These poems explore the restless border between self and non-self and ask us to look with new eyes at what we're doing.</P><P><BR>CARE</P><P><BR>Dress like you care!<BR>Eat like you care!<BR>Care like you care!</P><P>You don't think<BR>apples just grow on trees,<BR>do you?</P><P><BR> *</P><P>A fish taps a clam<BR>against a bony knob<BR>of coral<BR>to crack its shell –</P><P>which demonstrates intelligence<BR>yes, but<BR>is the fish<BR>pleased with itself?</P><P><BR> *</P><P>Alone in your crib,<BR>you form syllables.</P><P>Are you happy when one<BR>is like another?</P><P>Add yourself<BR>to yourself.</P><P>Now you have someone</P>

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819579379
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 08/07/2020
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 104
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

<P>RAE ARMANTROUT is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of fifteen books of poetry. She has published ten books with Wesleyan University Press, including Wobble, Entanglements, Partly, and Versed. She lives in Everett, Washington.</P>

Table of Contents

Conjure 1

Unquote 3

Pinocchio 4

Touched 5

Foresight 6

Clip Art 7

Promotion 8

The Job 9

Speculative Fiction 10

Pose 11

Like 13

Philosophical Investigations 14

My Love 16

Test 18

Guises 19

Distribution 20

The Wig 21

Wrong 23

Natural Histories 25

Species 27

Notice 28

Gainsaying 30

Where Will You Spend Eternity 31

Beacons 32

Motive 33

Grasp 34

Hung 35

Telling 36

Explanation 38

Wardrobe 39

Concept 40

Intercepts 41

Mine 43

Intervals 44

Persistence 46

Capture 47

Can You See 49

Piece 51

Portrait 52

Enclosures 54

Tandem 56

Above 58

The New Economy 60

Care 61

Contingencies 62

Probe 63

New Developments 64

The Runaround 66

Ghost Story 68

False Starts 69

Our History 70

The Reach 71

Project 72

Fossils 73

My House 74

Theater 75

Parallax 76

Cross Over 77

With Us 78

Flip the Script 79

Work Songs 81

Messaging 82

Turn 83

Screen Memory 84

The Tower 85

"A Child Is Being Beaten" 86

Pretty Little 87

Sever 89

Structures 90

Frame 91

Alternates 92

Our Reasons 93

Evidence 95

In Brief 96

Holding Patterns 97

True North 99

Nonesuch 100

Preview 101

The Corner 102

Twice 103

Hidden 105

Drift 106

Jackpot 107

Even 108

Subject Rhymes 109

One World 111

Execution 112

Funnel 113

Twilight 114

Old Tricks 115

Made Short 116

Versions 117

The Hedge 119

Closer 120

Breath 121

Understandings 123

My Point 125

Value Added 127

The Conversation 128

Pupil 129

Petard 130

Planular 131

Costumes 132

The Rest 133

Now See 134

Acknowledgments 137

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"Unsettling, slippery intimations move just below the surface of Rae Armantrout's enigmatic and unforgettable new collection of poems. For the record, Rae Armantrout is my favourite living poet."—Nick Cave

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