Rae Armantrout was born in Vallejo, Calif., in 1947.
"Thing" appears in Next Life, Rae Armantrout's new collection of poems. Armantrout has taught writing for almost 20 years at the University of California, San Diego. Her work has been praised for syntax that borders on everyday speech while grappling with questions of deception and distortion.
To mark National Poetry Month, NPR.org is featuring a series of newly published works selected by the Academy of American Poets. Learn more about this and other titles at the academy's New Spring Books list.