Next Life by Rae Armantrout
(Wesleyan Poetry Series)

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In her latest collection, Rae Armantrout considers the shaping effects of language in the context of new and frightening global realities. Attempting to imagine the unimaginable and see the unseen, Armantrout evokes a "next life" beyond the current, and too often degraded, one. From the new physics to mortality, Armantrout engages with the half-seen and the half-believed. These poems step into the dance of consciousness and its perennial ghost partner - "to make the world up/of provisional pairs." At a time when our world is being progressively despoiled, Armantrout has emerged as one of our most important and articulate authors. These poems push against the limit of knowledge, that event-horizon, and into the echoes and phantasms beyond, calling us to look toward the "next life" and find it where we can.
 

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Rae Armantrout is a professor of writing and literature at tRae Armantrout is a professor of writing and literature at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of tehe University of California, San Diego, and the author of ten books of poetry. n books of poetry.
 
Published February 19, 2007 by Wesleyan. 88 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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She can’t even see her dreams as authentic, nor as truly hers: “Someone insists on forming sentences / on my pillow / when all I want is sleep: / marching orders, / wisecracks about others elsewhere.” Friendship and marriage both come under her knife: “Is it the beginning or end / of real love / ...

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Once associated with the controversial, difficult 1970s and '80s group called Language Poets, Armantrout has more recently emerged into sustained critical acclaim: this ninth book (her second since the 2003 new and selected Veil ) should see a breakthrough into wider attention.

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