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A double book by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout What will we call the last generation before the looming end times? With Finalists Rae Armantrout suggests one option. Brilliant and irascible, playful and intense, Armantrout nails the current moment's debris fields and super computers, its sizzling malaise and confusion, with an exemplary immensity of heart and a A double book by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout What will we call the last generation before the looming end times? With Finalists Rae Armantrout suggests one option. Brilliant and irascible, playful and intense, Armantrout nails the current moment's debris fields and super computers, its sizzling malaise and confusion, with an exemplary immensity of heart and a boundless capacity for humor. The poems in this book find (and create) beauty in midst of the ongoing crisis.


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A double book by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout What will we call the last generation before the looming end times? With Finalists Rae Armantrout suggests one option. Brilliant and irascible, playful and intense, Armantrout nails the current moment's debris fields and super computers, its sizzling malaise and confusion, with an exemplary immensity of heart and a A double book by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout What will we call the last generation before the looming end times? With Finalists Rae Armantrout suggests one option. Brilliant and irascible, playful and intense, Armantrout nails the current moment's debris fields and super computers, its sizzling malaise and confusion, with an exemplary immensity of heart and a boundless capacity for humor. The poems in this book find (and create) beauty in midst of the ongoing crisis.

39 review for Finalists

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ted Guevara

    Rae Armantrout, above her prestigious award-pocked career, shimmers fresh and alive in Finalists. I’ve read her for some fifteen years, in publications such as The New Yorker and Poets.org. Finalists continues my earnest. When I laureled her on my Facebook: “I am leveled daily. I have this experiment that if I read enough of someone, I start to adapt some of her flair and means. Like a dog hanging so much around a koi pond, it starts to grow scales of its own—” I realize I am doing “The Fold,” po Rae Armantrout, above her prestigious award-pocked career, shimmers fresh and alive in Finalists. I’ve read her for some fifteen years, in publications such as The New Yorker and Poets.org. Finalists continues my earnest. When I laureled her on my Facebook: “I am leveled daily. I have this experiment that if I read enough of someone, I start to adapt some of her flair and means. Like a dog hanging so much around a koi pond, it starts to grow scales of its own—” I realize I am doing “The Fold,” poem on page 34. Brilliant exercise, starkly conservative in meaning and words, yet the message is powerful and was dug from the deepest crevices of our daily life. There are 140 energy-filled poems (humorous, sure; reaffirming, certainly) in this collection. That’s 140 times more layers of shock and experience added to my humble life. It’s a how-to book in a profound sense. “Of course, I can never hold a candle to the Pulitzer recipient, but…I can feel the warm wax,” I continued my praise on FB. The poem on page 85 “The Steps” is packed with half of the poetic terms known to the art, all within a page and a half. Masters can do this and still manage warmth.

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    Jeff

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    Bill Collier

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    Jessica Furtado

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    Marion Friedman

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    Mara

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    Poetry Daily

  39. 5 out of 5

    Tóth Zsófia

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