Lounge Area

By Rae Armantrout b. 1947 Rae Armantrout
Stiff stilts of   herself.

Silver bag of   herself
with turquoise gilt

(Shake it but
no more will fit.)

Red lipstick line
between the folds — 

precise — 

opposite baby’s soft

Have you lost your

Greeks pictured the afterlife
as an insipid version
of  the world they knew.

But they couldn’t
see this.

Two women,
with red mesh crests
atop white hair,

enter the lounge area;

one laughs, “I feel
like we should
say something.”

Source: Poetry (December 2013).


This poem originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

December 2013
 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 Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality


SCHOOL / PERIOD Language Poetry

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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