Rae Armantrout

Glare
March 25, 2013 Armantrout Rae

Glare

 

1

“It just goes so fast,”

says the receptionist,

your adverb here.

 

Indicate someone’s feeling state.

 

Appeal to the senses.

 

INVASION

 

in yellow block letters,

second story window.

 

 

2

The feeling is one.

 

The feeling is one of

following.

 

The feeling is one of following

a familiar trail

 

or legible sequence

 

between high walls,

 

between high walls

of noise

 

and glare

 

The author of several collections of widely anthologized poetry, Armantrout has also published a short memoir, True (1998). Her Collected Prose was published in 2007. A California native, Armantrout earned her BA at UC Berkeley—where she studied with Denise Levertov—and she received her MA at San Francisco State. She is a professor and director of the New Writing Series at UCSD.  Her most recent collection, Partly: New and Selected Poems, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2016. A chapbook, Entanglements (2017), sprang from Armantrout’s long engagment with science and included new and old poems.