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Rae Armantrout wins the Pulit Surprise!!

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The wonderful poet Rae Armantrout has won the Pulitzer Prize. It really was unimaginable two or three years ago that someone associated with experimental poetry would win this.

What does that mean? I don’t really know, the history of the avant-garde is that it gets absorbed into the mainstream…so…

Do these prizes even mean anything to anyone but the winner? Probably not.

But hey, the most important point is that she is amazing and deserves the accolades, the $10,000 and (hopefully) the wider readership.

Congrats Rae Armantrout!!!!!

The following poem first appeared in Veil: New and Selected Poems:


A career in vestige management.

A dream job
shifts in salience.

I’m so far
behind the curve
on this.

So. Cal.
must connect with

to manufacture
the present.

the new in-joke

bar-code hard-on,

a catch-phrase
in every segment.

The eye asks if the green,

frilled geranium puckers,
clustered at angles

on each stem,
are similar enough

to stop time.

It has asked this question already.

How much present tense
can any resemblance make?

What if one catch- phrase
appears in every episode?

Does the language go rigid?

The new in-joke
is a pun

pretending to be a bridge.

-Rae Armantrout

Watch Armantrout read from “Versed” on the National Book Foundation’s Web site.

Posted by Noah West


Written by lickmypoetry

April 13, 2010 at 11:35 am

Posted in news, poem, Random

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  1. Thanks for sharing.


    April 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm

  2. Like the other testimonials that I have read, but all my Gotham City orders come right to my door. Poetries


    April 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm

  3. […] a line of verse or reading about Pulitzer prize winning poet, Rae Armantrout is the kind of activity that keeps poetry alive.   […]

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