Veil: New and Selected Poems

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Wesleyan University Press, Oct 23, 2001 - Poetry - 147 pages
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Rae Armantrout, a core member of the Language writing movement, has long been known for the wit, emotion and punch of her social critique. Veil contains poems from five of Armantrout's previous books as well as a generous selection of new poems. Her work relies tenaciously on the intelligibility of language, her careful syntax bordering on plain speech and meticulously scored lines always questioning how linguistic subjects are formed. Armantrout is interested in questions of origin, and the psychology of perception; she is interested in who is speaking and how we know what we know. Fans will welcome the chance to become reacquainted with her witty and lyric meditations on erotic and family issues, and new readers will be captivated by her poems' immediate availability and freshness.
 

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Contents

Grace
4
AntiShort Story
12
Fiction
18
Double
25
Admission
31
Home Federal
38
from NECROMANCE
49
The Book
55
Over
110
Light
111
Statement
112
VEIL
113
2 115
115
Theories
118
As Were Told
120
Systemic
121

Disown
61
The Creation
67
A Pulse
73
3
78
A Story
81
The Pretext
91
Articulation
94
Near Rhyme
96
Qualia
98
My Associates
99
Greeting
101
Sets
102
About
104
The Plot
106
Here
108
Overhearing
123
The Way
125
Ongoing
126
Piecemeal
128
Rehearsal
130
Veil
131
Whole
134
Our Nature
136
Manufacturing
138
The Plan
140
Counter
142
Words
143
Inside Out
145
Purpose
147
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RAE ARMANTROUT is a professor of writing in the literature department at the University of California at San Diego, and the author of eight books of poetry, including Up to Speed (2003) and Veil: New and Selected Poems (2001).

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