Rae Armantrout

Not Everything

Anselm Kiefer, Sternenfall ('Falling Stars'), 1995

Rae Armantrout in conversation with Michael Silverblatt about her new poetry collection titled Just Saying  (5/30/13):

I like poems that leave me thinking, poems that start me thinking, I guess, and don't, at the end, tie everything up. 

I guess I like puzzles. I like riddles. There are a lot of riddles in Emily Dickinson, for instance. 

And I like space to think. That doesn't mean that I like to be vague. I hope I'm not vague. 

I try to be very specific, but not everything that's specific is comprehensible.

Killing Time

by Rae Armantrout, from Versed

for Aaron Korkegian

Rae Armantrout has won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for “Versed,” her 10th collection. Complex systems can arise
from simple rules.
It's not
that we want to survive,
it's that we've been drugged
and made to act
as if we do
while all the while
the sea breaks
and rolls, painlessly, under.
If we're not copying it,
we're lonely.
Is this the knowledge
that demands to be
passed down?
Time is made from swatches
of heaven and hell.
If we're not killing it,
we're hungry.