Thursday, May 28, 2009


The palm tree exposes
a large number
of loose, carved spines

out of pleasure?


To start over
in the carved moment
is to take cover.

A solid short woman
in a pink wool suit

proceeds –
anxiously? doggedly?


up a sidewalk
laid down for her.

(We don't believe it.)

There are two kinds
of choices,

pirate sources say:

and desperate.

Rae Armantrout contributed this poem to the June 2009 issue of Poetry. The illustrations between sections are my own impudence, inspired by the olden-days tradition of "extra-illustrated" books, where a collector would work with a binder to interpose engravings or drawings and bind them into an already-published text. In Rae Armantrout's poem as published in Poetry there are asterisks where I have placed pictures.