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Rae Armantrout
Rae Armantrout
Rae Armantrout was born in Vallejo, California, in 1947, and grew up...
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Yonder

 
by Rae Armantrout

       1


Anything cancels
everything out.

If each point
is a singularity,

thrusting all else
aside for good,

“good” takes the form
of a throng
of empty chairs.

Or  it’s ants
swarming a bone.


       2 

I’m afraid
I don’t love
my mother
who’s dead

though I once –
what does “once” mean? –
did love her .

So who’ll meet me over yonder?
I don’t recognize the place names.

Or I do, but they come
from televised wars.





Audio Clip
March 1, 2007
AWP Conference, Atlanta
From the Academy Audio Archive



First published in Shiny, issue 13. Copyright © Rae Armantrout. Forthcoming in Next Life (Wesleyan, 2007). Reprinted with permission of the author.
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