Itself

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Price
$24.95
Publisher
Wesleyan University Press
Publish Date
Pages
112
Dimensions
6.4 X 0.5 X 9.2 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780819574671
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About the Author

RAE ARMANTROUT is the author of eleven previous books of poetry, including Just Saying, Money Shot, and Versed, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a professor of writing and literature at the University of California, San Diego. This is her twelfth book.

Reviews

"The powers of brevity, observation, and sarcastic wit that took Armantrout from 1970s avant-gardist to widely imitated--and Pulitzer Prize-winning--authority are back, and as sharp as ever."--Peter Robinson, Publishers Weekly

"Armantrout serves up more of her enlightening and confounding minimalist anti-lyrics. The poems' titles set the reader off on disorienting inward journeys, in which each word, each abbreviated line considers, contradicts, and questions our experience and perception of inner and outer worlds."--Janet St. John, Booklist

"[I] enjoyed this collection of poems from Armantrout as much as any of her last three, including the 2010 Pulitzer-winning Versed. Built of short lines and ingenious jump cuts, the material world and human language, the poems are quick but deep, sharp but clean."--Jonathan Sturgeon, Flavorwire

"Like a prolific musician, Armantrout produces many outwardly similar works, but none of them sound much like anyone else. in this one--which is perhaps among her best--computer science and math take the lead, allowing her to ask in what sense we are functions, rule-governed beings, or kinds of programs."--Publishers Weekly, featured in PW Picks: Books of the Week

"These circumspect yet audacious poems, which exemplify Armantrout's signature cutting-edge style, mesmerize the reader with their beauty and rarefied elegance."--Sonja James, Martinsburg Journal

"Rae Armantrout's version of a late modernist minimalism continues to generate stylish poems of thoughtful reflectiveness."--Peter Robinson, Poetry Salzburg Review

"Armantrout noticeably employs the idiosyncratic avant-garde Language style: disjunctive verses that oppose the institution, the narrative, the subjective. Any characteristic, in short, of the lyric--that private and confessional expression from a lone person."--Aisha Bhoori, The Adroit Journal

"The Pulitzer Prize-winning Armantrout offers poems so spare that they feel like dry leaves brushing across the page, but what's packed into them, the intensive reflection, both personal and social, is remarkable. There's a tremendously satisfying consistency in Armantrout's recent work that's evident here, yet it also feels more personal. Important for all poetry collections"--Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

"The powers of brevity, observation, and sarcastic wit that took Armantrout from 1970s avant-gardist to widely imitated--and Pulitzer Prize-winning--authority are back, and as sharp as ever."--Peter Robinson, Publishers Weekly

"Rae Armantrout's Itself returns to familiar ground: questioning how and why language matters and can be made to matter. Yet the collection is distinct from her earlier work, taking its primary inspiration from recent developments in science and invoking especially the concept of chirality, the property of an asymmetrical object whose mirror image cannot be superimposed on itself."--Lisa K. Perdigao, Boston Review