Rae Armantrout

March 25, 2013 Armantrout Rae




“It just goes so fast,”

says the receptionist,

your adverb here.


Indicate someone’s feeling state.


Appeal to the senses.




in yellow block letters,

second story window.




The feeling is one.


The feeling is one of



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.