What if one loves
what she thinks of as
her former self
in what she takes
to be another’s



The celebration of false wealth -
or “Cold Light” -

is my favorite.

Blue glittering

as if frost
might be our guest.

Countless small
white bulbs

behind cutout crystals.



The persistence
of desire

in mind
after desire

has or hasn’t
been fulfilled:

the “other world”





It would be false to say
that the sea or sky
have moods;

that they are moods
is irrefutable.



Here’s a pink and purple

rolling gaily
end over end

along the top
of your mailbox

as if you might want
to follow it

off screen.



Beneath the Darkness.

Between Notes.


Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.

Don’t Go Into the Woods.



If heaven
is a placeless






Habitat themed enclosure.

Zen inflected mug.



Around the block
dogs bark at absence.





[Rae Armantrout's book Versed (Wesleyan, 2009) won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her most recent book, Money Shot, was published by Wesleyan in 2011. She teaches writing and poetics at UC San Diego.]


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