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By Rae Armantrout

Strand. String.

In this dream,


the paths cross

and cross again.


They are spelling

a real boy


out of repetition.

 


Each one

is the one


real boy.


Each knows

he must be


wrong

about this, but


he can’t feel

how.

 


The fish

and the fisherman,


the pilot,

the princess,


the fireman and

the ones on fire.


  • Living
  • Mythology & Folklore

Poet Bio

Rae Armantrout
Rae Armantrout, one of the founding members of the West Coast group of Language poets, stands apart from other Language poets in her lyrical voice and her commitment to the interior and the domestic. Her short-lined poems are often concerned with dismantling conventions of memory, pop culture, science, and mothering, and these unsparing interrogations are often streaked with wit.

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