Geography

By Rae Armantrout b. 1947 Rae Armantrout
1

Touch each chakra
in turn and say,


“Nothing shocks me.”


                2

Watching bombs fall
on Syria,

we feel serious,

occupied,

not preoccupied
as we were

previously.


                3

“Makes me end,
where I begun,”

wrote   John Donne,

turning love
into geometry.

Source: Poetry (December 2013).

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This poem originally appeared in the December 2013 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 Living, The Mind, Love, Classic Love, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD Language Poetry

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