Mistakes

By Rae Armantrout b. 1947 Rae Armantrout
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The subject will claim
that she has been taken
to the wrong place.

That the room
she is brought back to
is not the room she left.

That these comings and goings
are happening
to someone else,

are gathering momentum
controlled by a secret
mechanism.

That she needs to tell
someone.

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I walk out the door
to the stone bench

without meaning to
(without meaning it?),

each step
jarring my frame

as it would anyone’s

Source: Poetry (December 2013).

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

December 2013
 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 Body, The Mind, Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD Language Poetry

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Series/Sequence

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