Fact

By Rae Armantrout b. 1947 Rae Armantrout
Operation Phantom Fury.

*       *       *

The full force   
of the will to live   
is fixed   
on the next   
occasion:

someone   
coming with a tray,

someone   
calling a number.

*       *       *

Each material   
fact   
is a pose,

an answer   
waiting to be chosen.

"Just so," it says.

"Ask again!"

Source: Poetry (September 2007).

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This poem originally appeared in the September 2007 issue of Poetry magazine

September 2007
 Rae  Armantrout

Biography

Rae Armantrout, one of the founding members of the West Coast group of Language poets, stands apart from other Language poets in her lyrical voice and her commitment to the interior and the domestic. Her short-lined poems are often concerned with dismantling conventions of memory, pop culture, science, and mothering, and these unsparing interrogations are often streaked with wit. “You can hold the various elements of my poems in . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Philosophy, Humor & Satire, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD Language Poetry

Poetic Terms Epigram

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