Rae Armantrout

SAY
March 8, 2015 Armantrout Rae

Say

 

1

Says her Tarot reader says
she will soon have an experience
of nature
that will make her feel
more connected than ever.


2

Says blogs, Facebook,
and Instagram
have replaced poetry as ways
of taking
the private public.


3

Say the way the leaves
are black
and unbroken
on the light mesh
of that window screen


 

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.