Choices for Rae Armantrout

Vaseline eases some
things along,

even those that
need further resistance.

If we leave all
options on the table

can it hold the “weight?”

What transpires is
action animated

by a lack of seeing where
we could be, i.e.,

r.p.g. & thee,

Relations age some
explode ask

the Afghans you
never know

what is going on
inside sign

some papers

it plays to last
or outlast

the fragile denouement
on the table.

Your hands are
never still.

Published by William Cowan

I'm from the East Coast, have lived in SoCal and now Northern California for some years. I've been writing quite awhile, published in 1992 in a literary quarterly: "Suspicious Humanist," vol. 2, #2, (20 pages.) Best job: fm on air personality on a now defunct station, "Evening Eclectic" music show, and a weekly poetry reading show. I played jazz and free/improv I enjoyed. Read Wallace Stevens, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, etc. and commented on the poems. I have read once at a local coffee house. Love the Bay Area, wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I am going to appear in an east coast anthology of best new poets of 2010 by the end of the year, published in Pennsylvania. I'm reading once a month at a brewpub in Marin with a group of fellow poets. We read to each other our work, and personal favorite poems of authors we enjoy. It is a pleasure to share with a community of fellow enthusiasts.

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