Just Saying

By Rae Armantrout b. 1947 Rae Armantrout
What might be said

to disport itself

along the cinderblock

in leaves.


               *

What I write

I write instead

of ivy.


               *

Green snouts

in evidence or—

more

to the point—

insolent

and tense.


               *

What might be said

to writhe

professionally

as the days

nod and wink.


Source: Poetry (January 2011).

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This poem originally appeared in the January 2011 issue of Poetry magazine

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 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, Language & Linguistics

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD Language Poetry

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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