Four Poems by Rae Armantrout

by Rae Armantrout

illustrator Guglielmo Castelli

Issue VIII

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CLEARANCE

If the clear wrapped
dark blue

lozenge
on each sink

at the W
with Bliss

inscribed on top
and bumps

like tire tread
on its bottom

is intended

     *

A clear still
day, only

the butterflies
reel

as ever,

touching
on nothing

BIVOUAC

     1

Their knees touched at night
when they lay on their sides.

The pressure of the bony plates
was a wall

or the pressure was union.

She had relaxed 
against it.

     2

Meaning is sensed relation.

The body’s sensed relation
to space?

A body’s well-being
in relation
to an environment.

She ripped a feather
from her tail
and placed it in the nest.

She discarded this
and extracted a second

TWO AND TWO 

     1

If one travels to the old country
and finds it

there,

she’s thrilled.
Surprised.

If there
and here
can be made

to coincide

what else
might not be

possible?

     2

The tapir. The tape worm.

The question.  The lepton

    3

But If what

is “a mode of 
oscillating,”

then how

is unaccounted
                                for

NOT

In the ongoing
concussion,

quick
Möbius strips

of bird song

fail to attach.

     *

When the show comes back,
its theme song

no longer refers
to us.

     *

“I

don’t know

what you

think you

are, but”

     *

A circle
has a center.

A circle is not
a face

 

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