Wobble [Hardback]

Rae Armantrout (Author)

ISBN: 9780819578235 | Published by: Wesleyan University Press | Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 160p, H229 x W152 (mm)
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Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Rae Armantrout is at once a most intimate and coolly calculating poet. If anyone could produce a hybrid of Charlie Chaplin’s playful “Little Tramp” and Charlize Theron’s fierce “Imperator Furiosa,” it would be Armantrout. Her language is unexpected yet exact, playing off the collective sense that the shifting ground of daily reality may be a warning of imminent systemic collapse. While there are glimmers here of what remains of “the natural world,” the poet confesses the human failings, personal and societal, that have led to its devastation. No one’s senses are more acutely attuned than Armantrout’s, which makes her an exceptional observer and reporter of our faults. She leaves us wondering if the American Dream may be a nightmare from which we can’t awaken. Sometimes funny, sometimes alarming, the poems in Wobble play peek-a-boo with doom.

Table of Contents

Making Asymmetries Speech Acts The Craft Talk Conflation Overtake Audience Background Information Wobble Reception My Pleasure My Bad Self You Know Object Permanence Arch Feeling Today Boreal Say Regime Change Credible Return Openings Conjunctions Incoming Accomplices Hoard Hell Silos Trellis The Emotional Life of Plants Those Alone Echoes Thorned Revisions What’s Coming Tunnel Vision Incorporation The Third Person Flicker My Erasures Rankings Chronos Old Woman’s Lament in Autumn Sparks To Practicing Are Shapes Object Design Elements Some Body I and I Household Mother Chord Chimera Near Life History A Few Questions The Difference Instruction In the Future The Trick Accordingly Moment to Moment Fusion Seams Nothing Distinguish Presents Spun Traffic Negotiations Refresh Translations Signaling Bees The Show Vessels The Act Inner Object Lessons Normal Hate Ahead Give Pause Hence Somewhere Judgment Logistics Flux Cottage Industry Practice Trance It Is So

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