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Versed

Rae Armantrout

Publication Year: 2009

Rae Armantrout has always organized her collections of poetry as though they were works in themselves. Versed brings two of these sequences together, offering readers an expanded view of the arc of her writing. The poems in the first section, Versed, play with vice and versa, the perversity of human consciousness. They flirt with error and delusion, skating on a thin ice that inevitably cracks: "Metaphor forms / a crust / beneath which / the crevasse of each experience." Dark Matter, the second section, alludes to more than the unseen substance thought to make up the majority of mass in the universe. The invisible and unknowable are confronted directly as Armantrout's experience with cancer marks these poems with a new austerity, shot through with her signature wit and stark unsentimental thinking. Together, the poems of Versed part us from our assumptions about reality, revealing the gaps and fissures in our emotional and linguistic constructs, showing us ourselves where we are most exposed.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Cover

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Frontmatter

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Versed

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pp. 4-5

Contents

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pp. v-vii

Acknowledgments

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p. ix

Versed

Results

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pp. 3-4

Versed

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p. 5

Fetch

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p. 6

Address

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p. 7

Vehicles

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pp. 8-9

A Resemblance

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p. 10

Outer

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pp. 11-12

Relations

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p. 13

Babel

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p. 14

Operations

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p. 15

Help

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p. 16

Name Calling

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p. 17

Pleasure

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pp. 18-19

Guess

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pp. 20-21

Locality

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pp. 22-23

Wannabe

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p. 24

Stretch

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p. 25

Left Behind

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pp. 26-27

Amplification

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pp. 28-29

Bonding

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pp. 30-31

Through

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pp. 32-33

Scumble

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p. 34

Worth While

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pp. 35-36

Dilation

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p. 37

Inscription

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pp. 38-39

Either Side

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p. 40

Equals

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p. 41

New Genres

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p. 42

Presto

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p. 43

Decor

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pp. 44-55

New

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p. 45

Heaven

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pp. 46-47

Lengths

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pp. 48-49

Just

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p. 50

What We Mean

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pp. 51-52

The Catch

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p. 53

Running

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pp. 54-55

Later

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pp. 56-57

Own

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pp. 58-59

Birth Order

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pp. 60-61

Together

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p. 62

On Your Way

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p. 63

Translation

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p. 64

Dark Matter

Around

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pp. 67-68

Dark Matter

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p. 69

Unbidden

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p. 70

Had

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pp. 71-72

Simple

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p. 73

In Place

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pp. 74-75

Music

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p. 76

Perfect

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p. 77

Whatever

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pp. 78-79

Solution

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p. 80

Resounding

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p. 81

Like

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p. 82

Poem

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p. 83

Djinn

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p. 84

The Racket

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pp. 85-86

Provenance

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p. 87

Previews

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p. 88

Missing Persons

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p. 89

The Line

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p. 90

Slip

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p. 91

Hey

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p. 92

Integer

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pp. 93-94

Report

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p. 95

Left

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p. 96

Several

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p. 97

Concentrate

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p. 98

Minimum Sum

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pp. 99-100

Lasting

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p. 101

Versions

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p. 102

The Light

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p. 103

Fade

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p. 104

Take-Out

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pp. 105-106

Apartment

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p. 107

Remaining

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p. 108

Still

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p. 109

Hoop

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pp. 110-111

Anchor

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p. 112

The Hole

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p. 113

Someone

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p. 114

Only

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p. 115

Thrown

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p. 116

Pass

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pp. 117-118

Passage

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pp. 119-120

Fact

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p. 121


E-ISBN-13: 9780819571106
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819568793

Page Count: 136
Publication Year: 2009

OCLC Number: 835475939
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