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Poetry Rae Armantrout

1.    Before we knew
      what pleasure meant

      we were multiplying,
      going forth

      into surrounding space
      until all space

      was pain.


      Someone was mimicking
      our squawks and jerks

      as if they’d been

      as  [...]

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Issue 22



Winter 2015


Rae Armantrout’s books include Versed, which received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Just Saying, and Itself, which will be published later this year (all Wesleyan University Press).


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