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Poems

New Intelligence5

1

Stars
are the campfires
of exiles.

Language exists
to pull things
close.

*

Stop that!

Communications
are being monitored.

Collusion is forbidden.

Humanity
will be punished

with the profusion
of new jargons.


2

Inverted in a glass,
a white cup
invents the underworld.

*

Fog thins
to chiffon,

nylon,

Easter.

*

In the universe next door,
I’m gone

and the shadows
of the leaves

of the elm I had pulled down

still make a fuss
over the earth.

(From Just Saying, Wesleyan University Press, 2013, pages 91-92).

5Armantrout is a good reader of scientific literature and this is shown in numerous poems, like this one. Science is, for her, another way to deal with language and metaphysics.