Friday, April 16, 2010

And the Pulitzer Goes To: Rae Armantrout

Rae Armantrout was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Versed, described as "a book striking for its wit and linguistic inventiveness, offering poems that are often little thought-bombs detonating in the mind long after the first reading."  Enjoy this poem, which is included in the book and first published in Poetry magazine.

Click here to listen to the poem read by the poet herself.

Birth Order


You’re it.

It is (you are)
an error

with an arsenal
of disguises,

with a system
of incorporation
built in,

with enmity,

with direction.


What have you got to lose?

gray tile roof,

gray sky scored
by power lines.

This framed measure
of distance
as intimacy.

Shadows of fingers

move across the white page.

could write this.

That word—


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