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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Itself by Rae Armantrout. Itself by Rae Armantrout. What do "self" and "it" have in common? In Rae Armantrout's new poems, there is no inert substance. Self and it word and particle are ritual and rigmarole, song-and-dance and long distance call into whatever dark matter might exist. How could a self not be selfish? Armantrout accesses the strangeness of everyday occurrence with wit, sensuality, and an eye alert to underl What do "self" and "it" have in common?
Armantrout accesses the strangeness of everyday occurrence with wit, sensuality, and an eye alert to underlying trauma, as in the poem Price Points where a man conducts an imaginary orchestra but gets no points for originality. In their investigations of the cosmically mundane, Armantrout's poems use an extraordinary microscopic lens--even when she's glancing backwards from the outer reaches of space.
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To ask other readers questions about Itself , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 20, Liz Mc2 added it Shelves: poetry. Very short lines, short poems, fragments or stanzas set together in conjunctions that often seemed to have no meaning. But sometimes an image or a connection sparked something in me. Here are two of those: Afterlife 1 No longer needing sustenance butterflies go batty around the flowers. I call it haiku. Sugared tea. This made me laugh at first. Device The observer is a device used by whom?
In the end I liked reading something that challenged and resisted me. May 30, Bill Fletcher rated it it was amazing.
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Self and it word and particle are ritual and rigmarole, song-and-dance and long distance call into whatever dark matter might exist. How could a self not be selfish? Armantrout accesses the strangeness of everyday occurrence with wit, sensuality, and an eye alert to underlying trauma, as in the poem "Price Points" where a man conducts an imaginary orchestra but "gets no points for originality. An online reader? Additional Product Features Dewey Edition.
The multiple appearances of this ordinary word run a thread through several discrete episodes. You often don't notice the thread until she pulls it taut, at which point it becomes a spine. This effect is characteristic and unique.
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It can take any content. It can even take any tone. It can be teasing, curious, threatening, knowing, sarcastic, paranoid, proud, gentle. The feeling it names, however, is consistent.
Not ecstatic or epiphanic, but something more like what Archimedes meant when he shouted, Eureka! She is a poet who in the short lines of her brief fragmented verse has given us a lot of possibilities, all of them charged with language that aims to contain multitudes"-Ilya Kaminsky , Boston Review. Show More Show Less. A: "position is on hold, probably permanently, but certainly for the foreseeable future" according to search committee chair in e-mail. Q: Salisbury fiction? It is not frozen on the website. The poetry position is "under review" i.
Do you get an email or call? Letters about it will go in the mail later today or tomorrow, he said. I assume the website book report help will be updated soon, too. A: It is not frozen, but delayed. They expect it "to become 'unfrozen' at some point, sooner or later, hopefully within the next year Our search is not cancelled, although its eventual finalization is being delayed. Q: Concordia Minnesota? Q: DePaul? Writing sample and dossier request in November. Nothing since.
A: Doubtful since they extended their deadline. Lets' say that the job in question here lists workshops as its primary responsibility. A: The best way to answer this question is to catalogue who gets what this year. If 25 of the 29 t-t positions go to PhDs, I'll know I'm officially screwed. And will applaud my MFA students who are, increasingly, going that route, along with that other postponing-harsh-reality trend: the second MFA. A: I'd argue it's not even close to a toss-up. Some schools with search committees run entirely by Ph. Ds are going to always pick the Ph. If those are the only things in play - degree and publications - the person with the better publications wins; this is particularly true if the job lists workshops as its primary responsibility and if the job is for teaching at an MFA program, a Ph.
Of course, I can't imagine any job where the only things in play are degree and publications. These people also publish academic articles, translate, run presses and journals, and teach lit classes. They can navigate MFA culture and academic culture, and they tend to have deep teaching experience. This new crop of candidates is putting to rest the idea that folks who seek out a Creative Writing PhD only do so because they can't write or publish. A: There are not "crops" of translators coming out of graduate programs in Creative Writing. But you can pray for rain.
A: Um, yes you should! Or get some auxiliary skills like fire-eating, which would probably be more useful than everything else put together. Seriously, though, I think the point of the above post was that the initial question that started this question was bogus i. A; I know, right? But can they do the uneven bars AND the floor routine? That Romanian judge is a stickler A: The above comment not at all self-serving. If you're publishing academic articles, translating, running a press and a journal, and teaching lit classes, when on earth do you find time to write? Or do you have a program on your laptop to do that for you?
There are also a few that are simply pumped-up MFAs designed to make students look more competitive. Hiring committees know this.
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