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Go Figure (Paperback)

P&S History > Humanities > Poetry

Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780819500809
Published: 6th August 2024
Casemate UK Academic

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Keen, pithy meditations on a world that continues to surprise us
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/>The poems in Pulitzer Prize-winner Rae Armantrout's new book are concerned with "this ongoing attempt/ to catalog the world" in a time of escalating disasters. From the bird who "check-marks morning/once more//like someone who gets up/to make sure// the door is locked" to bat-faced orchids, raising petals like light sails as if about to take flight, these poems make keen visual and psychological observations. The title Go Figure speaks to the book's focus on the unexpected, the strange, and the seemingly incredible so that: "We name things/ to know where we are." Moving with the deliberate precision that is a hallmark of Armantrout's work, they limn and refract, questioning how we make sense of the world, and ultimately showing how our experience of reality is exquisitely enfolded in words. "It's true things fall apart." Armantrout writes. 'Still, by thinking/we heat ourselves up."
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/>Sample Text
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/>HYPER-VIGILANCE
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/>Hilarious,
/>
/>the way a crab's slender
/>eye-stalks
/>stand straight up
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/>from its scuttling
/>carapace—
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/>the way vigilance
/>takes many forms?
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/> *
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/>That bird check-marks morning
/>once more
/>
/>like someone who gets up
/>to make sure
/>
/>the door is locked.
/>
/> *
/>
/>I sound
/>like I know
/>what I'm talking about.
/>
/>I sound like a comedian.

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