Rae Armantrout – With

It’s well
that things should stir
inconsequentially
around me
like this
patina of shadow,
flicker, whisper,
so that
I can be still.
*
I write things down
to show others
later
or to show myself
that I am not alone with
my experience.
*
“With”
is the word that
comes to mind,
but it’s not
the right word here.

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Rae Armantrout
Rae Armantrout is the author of sixteen books of poems, including “Conjure" (Wesleyan, 2020), “Wobble” (2018), a finalist for the National Book Award, “Partly, New and Selected Poems” (2016), and “Versed” (2009) which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2010. An “Art of Poetry” interview with Armantrout, conducted by Brian Reed, was published in “The Paris Review” in Dec., 2019. She is professor emerita at UC San Diego and currently lives in Washington State.