By Rae Armantrout b. 1947 Rae Armantrout Read the Q & A
Record breaking Thriller
dance attempt.


Wolfman Jack style
dj in the video game says,
“This is Wasteland Radio

and we’re here for you


You are here

maintaining détente
between the voices
in your head.

Immediacy is retro,
says Lytle.


scene in which

we can read the code—

flowing algorithms.

We can almost
slip right in.

Source: Poetry (April 2010).

 Rae  Armantrout


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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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets


SCHOOL / PERIOD Language Poetry

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