Money Shot

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Wesleyan University Press, 2011 - Poetry - 77 pages
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The poems in Money Shot are forensic. Just as the money shot in porn is proof of the male orgasm, these poems explore questions of revelation and concealment. What is seen, what is hidden, and how do we know? Money Shot's investigation of these questions takes on a particular urgency because it occurs in the context of the suddenly revealed market manipulation and subsequent "great recession" of 2008-2009. In these poems, Rae Armantrout searches for new ways to organize information. What can be made manifest? What constitutes proof? Do we "know it when we see it"? Looking at sex, botany, cosmology, and death through the dark lens of "disaster capitalism," Armantrout finds evidence of betrayal, grounds for rebellion, moments of possibility, and even pleasure, in a time of sudden scarcity and relentless greed. This stunning follow-up to Versed--winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award--is a wonderfully stringent exploration of how deeply our experience of everyday life is embedded in capitalism.

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User Review  - eidzior - LibraryThing

I'd like to read "Versed" but this book was great. I got it from the Library and was reminded why I don't generally check poetry out from the library: I can't write my notes in the margins. Overall I really liked it but I need to get my hands on my own copy to fully absorb the work. Read full review

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User Review  - Al Filreis - Goodreads

A marvelous book of poems that will reward slow close reading (as is always the case with Armantrout). Think about money. Look at your retirement savings (if any). Are you too big to fail? Then read these poems. Seriously. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Rae Armantrout is a professor of writing in the literature department at the University of California at San Diego, and the author of ten books of poetry.

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