Conjure

by Rae Armantrout (Author)
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<P>"How did the synthesis / cross the abyss?" A question each of us has been asking ever since we emerged from the tunnel of our mother, and one that poses itself more loudly as we near the next such channel. Rae Armantrout has always taken pleasure in uncertainties and conundrums, the tricky nuances of language and feeling. In Conjure that pleasure is matched by dread; fascination meets fear as the poet considers the emergence of new life (twin granddaughters) into an increasingly toxic world: the Amazon smolders, children are caged or die crossing rivers and oceans, and weddings make convenient targets for drone strikes. One third of all adults seem bent on killing another third, while the remainder passively watches, hoping that nobody gets too extreme. These poems explore the restless border between self and non-self. One and another tussle and blur. As Armantrout writes in Conjure, "In a sentimental story // there is only one / of something // one newborn, one moment" or one place for our attention to land, while in fact there are countless species dwindling to extinction. These poems ask us to look with new eyes at what we've done and continue to do.</P><P>Rae Armantrout has always taken pleasure in uncertainties and conundrums, the tricky nuances of language and feeling. In Conjure that pleasure is matched by dread; fascination meets fear as the poet considers the emergence of new life (twin granddaughters) into an increasingly toxic world: the Amazon smolders, children are caged or die crossing rivers and oceans, and weddings make convenient targets for drone strikes. These poems explore the restless border between self and non-self and ask us to look with new eyes at what we're doing.</P><P><BR>CARE</P><P><BR>Dress like you care!<BR>Eat like you care!<BR>Care like you care!</P><P>You don't think<BR>apples just grow on trees,<BR>do you?</P><P><BR> *</P><P>A fish taps a clam<BR>against a bony knob<BR>of coral<BR>to crack its shell –</P><P>which demonstrates intelligence<BR>yes, but<BR>is the fish<BR>pleased with itself?</P><P><BR> *</P><P>Alone in your crib,<BR>you form syllables.</P><P>Are you happy when one<BR>is like another?</P><P>Add yourself<BR>to yourself.</P><P>Now you have someone</P>

Publication date
August 07, 2020
Publisher
Collection
Page count
104
ISBN
9780819579379
Paper ISBN
9780819579362
File size
3 MB