Headlong

By Rae Armantrout b. 1947 Rae Armantrout
As one
may be relieved
by the myriad
marigold faces
held aloft
beside the freeway — 
their articulation — 

and, too,
by the rush
of notes
following their own
likenesses
in these headlong
phrases

Relieved of what?
Relieved of what?

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 Nature, Trees & Flowers

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD Language Poetry

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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