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With carefully planned havoc, Rae Armantrout takes a page from the jesters of old—mocking the universe’s solidity without fear of retribution. Her talent will protect her. Recently longlisted for the National Book Award, she is the author of fourteen poetry collections, in addition to being a Pulitzer Prize winner.


If not being (something)
is the same as being,

then I will live forever.


Round shadow inside
the sunflower’s



If I lived forever
would the present’s noose

be looser?


Moon shadow
made of angry bees,

confined. Come in.

Reviewed by Matt Sutherland

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