“Describing Pulitzer Prize-winner Rae Armantrout’s poetry means attempting to condense work that is already piano-wire taut . . . The relationship to song in her poetry is similar to that in a Thelonious Monk composition. Rhyme and rhythm are at work, very intelligent, unexpected, but the music is interior—to read her poetry is to overhear the sound of thought.
So much is going on in each of her poems that just to present one seems the best way to approach an understanding of her work. Before we do so, we want to announce that Rae Armantrout will be reading at Open Books on Sunday, May 15, at 3 pm. And now a poem, in its entirety:”
John Marshall, Open Books: A Poem Emporium, Seattle