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Three Poems, by Rae Armantrout

 

Visible From Space

In the crosswalk, a woman plods,
swinging her arms briskly.

One of many
who act out

the act

they are actually
performing.

 

While crop circles
parody
the desire to be seen

 

and I shove off
to look askance.

Doubt
is an out
of body experience.

 

Incognito Mode

This
morning stillness with its
occasional ripples, shivers,
shrugs —

seemingly unprovoked

 

*

If matter is tufted
energy, then energy

is what?

 

*

I ask because,
if I know anything,

it’s that each thing
is something else.

 

I Think

I come between
the furnace roar
and traffic

to divide them

and further
to distinguish
sound

from pressure.

 

*

“A thought and its
accompanying mental image,”
I say

to nobody,

causing three donkeys
to lift their heads
and stare.

Rae Armantrout is the author of many books of poetry and has also been featured in a number of major anthologies. Her most recent books include Versed (winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry), Money Shot, Just Saying, Itself, Partly: New and Selected Poems, 2001-2015, and Wobble (a National Book Awards finalist). Armantrout currently teaches at the University of California, San Diego, where she is Professor of Poetry and Poetics.

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