A new poem

by Rae Armantrout
Some folks got tortured
by folks

right afterwards
at an obscure

farmer’s market
where handcrafted soda

and artisanal mining

we were on the right track.


served as coq-au-vin.


We thought of events
as landmarks

then as life-buoys,

but in this too
we were mistaken.

Rae Armantrout’s most recent books are Just Saying (Wesleyan University Press, 2013) and Itself (Wesleyan University Press, 2015). Armantrout’s work appears in many anthologies, such as Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics (Black Ocean, 2014) and Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (W. W. Norton, 2013). She lives in San Diego.

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