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Rae Armantrout
Rae Armantrout is author of eight books of poetry. Veil: New and Selected Poems, was published by Wesleyan in 2001. Her new book of poetry is Next Life (Wesleyan, 2007). Rae Armantrout's Collected Prose also appeared this year from Singing Horse Press, featuring essays and interviews as well as her memoir, True. She is a co-author of The Grand Piano, a collective autobiography project by the original west coast Language Poets. Resident many years in southern California, she is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of California at San Diego.

Poetry is the conversation words are having with each other. No one knows you're eavesdropping.
–Rae Armantrout

Two, Three

Rae Armantrout
Sad, fat boy in pirate hat.
Long, old, dented,
copper-colored Ford.

How many traits
must a thing have
in order to be singular?

(Echo persuades us
everything we say
has been said at least once

Two plump, bald men
in gray tee-shirts
and tan shorts

are walking a small bulldog—
followed by the eyes
of an invisible third person.

The Trinity was born
from what we know
of the bitter

symbiosis of couples.
Can we reduce echo's sadness
by synchronizing our speeches?

Is it the beginning or the end
or real love
when we pity a person

because, in him,
we see ourselves?

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