Tuesday, October 24, 2023

"Admission" by Rae Armantrout


The eye roves,
back and forth, as
indictment catches up?

If shadows tattoo
the bare shelf,
they enter by comparison?

A child's turntable fastened
to the wall with a white cord
will not?

Unless on its
metal core
an unspeakable radiance . . .

Think in order
to recall
what the striking thing

(So impotently
loved the world

Source of the text - Rae Armantrout, Veil: New and Selected Poems.  Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2001, page 31.

TJB: Admit nothing? Each stanza is hypotactic, interrupted; between stanzas, the poem moves in glances around a room, perhaps, then by association.

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