Versed

Rae Armantrout (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$16.95
Publisher
Wesleyan University Press
Publish Date
August 01, 2010
Pages
121
Dimensions
5.9 X 0.4 X 8.9 inches | 0.45 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780819570918
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About the Author

RAE ARMANTROUT is a professor of writing and literature at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of ten books of poetry.

Reviews

"Trying to read a book by Rae Armantrout in a single sitting is like trying to drink a bowl of diamonds. What's inside is all so shiny & clear & even tiny that it appears perfectly do-able. But the stones are so hard & their edges so chiseled that the instant you begin they'll start to rip your insides apart."--Ron Silliman, blog

"Praise for Next Life: Poetry that conveys the invention, the wit and the force of a mind that contests all assumptions."--New York Times

"Always smart, given to sardonic humor, and surprisingly down-to-earth"--Publishers Weekly

"Armantrout's poetry has always been turned to the present moment. Its formal lineage is from William Carlos Williams and the Objectivists, with their enjambments of modern experience. Poetically, Armantrout has always aimed at knowing life by isolating it from narrative. Written under a diagnosis of cancer ("'I just called / to fill you in'"), Versed is a major and moving addition to a life's work in many-angled reflection."--Jeremy Noel-Tod, Times Literary Supplement

"Trying to read a book by Rae Armantrout in a single sitting is like trying to drink a bowl of diamonds. What's inside is all so shiny & clear & even tiny that it appears perfectly do-able. But the stones are so hard & their edges so chiseled that the instant you begin they'll start to rip your insides apart."--Ron Silliman, blog

"Rae Armantrout is the most philosophical sort of poet, continually seeking in her collections to summon and surmise the contemporary character of subjective experience and, further, to test the limits of knowledge. Armantrout's writing in her latest volume, Versed, will thus be familiar to her longtime readers for its way of holding meaning (and identification) in uneasy suspension. Short lines in brief poems are polyvalent in both voicing and implication, inviting multiple readings. yet pleasure arises in contemplating both the options and the paradox."--Tom Griffin, Bookforum