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Pulitzer Prize winning poet, RAE ARMONTROUT reads and signs JUST SAYING, a deft and deeply intelligent collection of poems on the nature of language
Rae Armantrout is an American poet generally associated with the Language poets. In Just Saying, improbable and even untenable speakers are briefly constituted–only to disappear. The result is part carnival, part nightmare. “No poet gets caustic, or self-critical, or sarcastic, as well as Armantrout, whose quick stanzas–half Twitter, half Emily Dickinson–say a lot about how language, money, love, and memory can fail us, and in very little space. This collection, in particular, might give readers still on the outside of Armantrout’s brilliance a set of new ways in.” (Publishers Weekly).
Rae Armontrout is a professor of writing in the Literature Department at the University of California at San Diego, and the author of eleven books of poetry, including Money Shot, Versed, Next Life, and Veil: New and Selected Poems. On March 11, 2010, Armantrout was awarded the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award for her book of poetry Versed published by the Wesleyan University Press, which had also been nominated for the National Book Award. The book later earned the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She is the recipient of numerous other awards for her poetry, including most recently an award in poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008.