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Just Saying

Rae Armantrout

Publication Year: 2013

In Just Saying, improbable and even untenable speakers are briefly constituted--only to disappear. The result is part carnival, part nightmare. A television pundit's rhetoric segues into an unusual succulent with writhing maroon tongues. When the world suddenly becomes legible, is that revelation or psychosis? In this book, the voice of the Lord and/or the voice of the security state can come from anyplace. The problem of identity becomes acute. The poems in Just Saying may be imagined as chimeras, creatures that appear when old distinctions break down and elements generally kept separate combine in new ways. Here Armantrout both worries (as a dog worries a bone) and celebrates the groundless fecundity of being and of language.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page, Further Reading, Copyright

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pp. 4-9

CONTENTS

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pp. 10-11

Acknowledgments

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p. xi-xi

Scripture

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pp. 1-2

Instead

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pp. 3-4

Old School

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p. 5-5

Dress Up

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p. 6-6

Accounts

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p. 7-7

Event Horizon

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p. 9-9

Cold

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p. 10-10

Just Saying

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pp. 11-12

Ghosted

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pp. 13-14

Remainder

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pp. 15-16

Suggestion

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pp. 17-18

Spent

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p. 19-19

My Taste

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p. 20-20

Haunts

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pp. 21-22

Parting Shots

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p. 23-23

Inflection

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pp. 24-25

The Look

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pp. 26-27

At Least

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pp. 28-29

Holding Pen

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p. 30-30

Subdivision

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p. 31-31

My Apocalypse

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p. 32-32

Things

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pp. 33-34

Entry

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pp. 35-36

Arrivals

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pp. 37-38

Circulating

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p. 39-39

Production

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p. 40-40

Being Seen

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pp. 41-42

Transactions

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pp. 43-44

Action Poem

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p. 46-46

The Thinning

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pp. 47-48

Elements of Blank

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p. 49-49

Situation

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pp. 50-51

Midst

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p. 52-52

Representative

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pp. 53-54

Second Order

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p. 55-55

Scale

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pp. 56-57

Custom

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p. 58-58

Treatment

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p. 60-60

Coming Out

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pp. 61-62

Watch This

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p. 63-63

Experts

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pp. 64-65

Experimental Design

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p. 66-66

Meeting Expectations

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p. 67-67

Problem Areas

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p. 68-68

Between Islands

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pp. 69-70

Half Lives

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p. 71-71

Progress

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pp. 72-73

The Music Teacher

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p. 74-74

Without End

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pp. 75-76

Bardos

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pp. 77-78

Living Space

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pp. 79-80

Luster

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pp. 81-82

Formal Constraints

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pp. 83-84

Rounds

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p. 85-85

Mother’s Day

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pp. 86-87

Thus

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p. 88-88

Focus

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p. 89-89

The Elect

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p. 90-90

New Intelligence

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pp. 91-92

Another

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p. 93-93

Still and All

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pp. 94-95

Real Time

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pp. 96-97

Meant

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pp. 98-99

Hymn

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p. 100-100

Stop and Go

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p. 101-101

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About the Author

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p. 103-103

Rae Armantrout is a professor of writing and literature at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Money Shot (2011) and Versed (2009). The ...


E-ISBN-13: 9780819573001
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819572998

Page Count: 112
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series

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