am trying to put together a 30 page selected and have decided that I'm going to try a 30 page poem sourced in my "selected shorter poems" --

my "Rae Armantrout poem" "Belief System" - which was accepted and supposed to be on a very cool Canadian site, but I've never been able to find it there -- so perhaps it is lost in the aether -- because of the way it was written, seems un-excerptible.

Which I think is very true of Armantrout's poetry. The lines are all wonderful, but you can't remove them from their context, or they seem to be from a billion different poems. Which means you could conceivably write a billion poems from just those lines. Yet they are one poem.


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