by Rae Armantrout
2 April 09 http://www.poets.org/poemADay.php
The ghosts swarm.
They speak as one
loves you. Each
has left something
Did the palo verde
all at once?
are so sharp Continued……
they might cut
anything that moved.
The way a lost
will come back
You're not interested
in it now,
where it's been.
Rae Armantrout was born in Vallejo, California,
in 1947, and grew up in San Diego. She holds a
bachelor's degree from the University of
California, Berkeley, where she studied with
Denise Levertov, and a master's degree in
creative writing from San Francisco State
She has published ten books of poetry, including:
Next Life, (Wesleyan, 2007), selected by the
New York Times as one of the most notable
books of 2007; Up to Speed (2004), a finalist for
the PEN USA Award in Poetry; Veil: New and
Selected Poems (2001), also a finalist for the
PEN Center USA Award; The Pretext (2001);
Made To Seem (1995); and The Invention of
National Poetry Month
National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of
poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The
concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media
to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic
heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic
range and concern.
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