Rae Armantrout

March 8, 2015 Armantrout Rae




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


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


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.