19+ Rae Armantrout Quotes On Art, Friendship

This is a strange book: visionary and dark. It stutters out a kind of music: repeated phrases which accumulate errors and mutate as they go like chromosomes or, as Woodward puts it better, 'visible fissile ribbons.' It's as if we were present for the moments of creation and extinction. Uncanny Valley is ominous and beautiful. — Rae Armantrout

The ghosts swarm. They speak as one person. Each has left something undone. — Rae Armantrout

Curled up in bed, I’m young in the old way. — Rae Armantrout

I tend to like the way poets form communities. Writing can be lonely after all. Modern life can be lonely. Poets do seem to be more social than fiction writers. This could be because of poetry's roots in the oral tradition - poetry is read aloud and even performed. I'm just speculating, of course. At any rate, because poets form these groups, they learn from one another. That is one of the best things about being a poet. — Rae Armantrout

Like all my poems, 'Negotiations' has several sources. It deals with aging lovers and the often silent deals they make. Thinking about bargains made me think of The Little Mermaid and that made me remember something I had just read about the incredibly complex process by which tadpoles (actual little mermaids) are somehow able to reabsorb their tails and fashion their future frog legs. — Rae Armantrout

The future is all around here.' It's a place, anyplace where we don't exist. — Rae Armantrout

The fear that all this will end. The fear that it won't. — Rae Armantrout

Metaphor is ritual sacrifice. It kills the look-alike. No, metaphor is homeopathy. — Rae Armantrout

Poetry wants to make things mean more than they mean, says someone, as if we knew how much things meant, and in what unit of measure. — Rae Armantrout

Carried by light, images remain while sensation is so evanescent as to be always beyond belief. — Rae Armantrout

I know you by your willingness. — Rae Armantrout

The crowd is made of little gods, and there is still no heaven. — Rae Armantrout

clarity need not be equivalent to / readability. How readable is the world? — Rae Armantrout

We sleep together in the dark but confuse light with love. — Rae Armantrout

But here I hold your dream in my poem. — Rae Armantrout

Lily Brown writes with and against things in poems that are coiled up tight as springs (or snakes). A believer in the power of the line, she writes, 'I think the plastics/and sink them' then 'Where is the sand/man hiding the dirt.' These terse, biting poems will make you look around and wonder. — Rae Armantrout

We are all full of discourses that we only half understand and half mean. — Rae Armantrout

Like most of my poems, 'Lie' has several sources: I read a very troubling book called The Sixth Extinction. I took note of the way people, including me, enjoy talking knowledgeably about how the world will end. I drove to Tucson and saw the desert flowering on either side of the road. And I glanced at my spam to see what people wanted to sell me these days. — Rae Armantrout

Thus drivers inching southward will see the phalanx of birds heading west as one spontaneous gesture. — Rae Armantrout

Life Lessons by Rae Armantrout

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  1. Rae Armantrout's work emphasizes the importance of being aware of the complexities of everyday life and the power of language to express them.
  2. Her poems often explore the boundaries between reality and perception, and the ways in which language can be used to bridge the gap between them.
  3. Armantrout's work encourages readers to think critically about the world around them and to use language to express the nuances of their experiences.

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