The American Journal of Poetry
"Strong Rx Medicine"®


Rae Armantrout


As sadder than ever
may represent
the new
among today's




As representation
is magical
spun straw




After what passes for thought,
she leans forward,
a honey flavored cough drop
from its yellow packaging.




RAE ARMANTROUT has published 12 books of poetry. Her most recent collection, Itself, was published in 2015. Her 2013 book, Just Saying, translated into Italian by Paolo Rigo, won the Mario Luzi International Poetry 2015. Her poems have been collected in Spanish editions: Necromancia, (Spain, 2015): and Rae Armantrout: Poemas: (Spain, 2014). In 2015 she was awarded the Levinson Prize for best poems in Poetry Magazine. Versed (2009) received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2010. She was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008 and A Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award in 2007. Partly, a volume of new and selected poems will be published by Wesleyan UP in 2016. Her work has appeared in many anthologies such as: Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (2013), The Best of the Best American Poetry: 1988-2012 (2013), The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine (2012). Armantrout was a fellow at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy from June 26 to July 24 2014.



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