Luster

By Rae Armantrout b. 1947 Rae Armantrout
What flickers
with some delicacy

of feeling,

some hesitancy—
and then persists.

                 •

What circles. What darts.

                 •

Hunger

is like the inside
biting you.

“Like” is like
insomnia.

                •

These green cherry tomatoes;
their false pregnancies,

staked. Lustrous.

               •

“That’s all I meant.”

All I meant by
“witches.”

Source: Poetry (May 2012).

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This poem originally appeared in the May 2012 issue of Poetry magazine

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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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POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD Language Poetry

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Series/Sequence

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