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"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, 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.


Rae Armantrout


We love our cat

for her self

regard is assiduous

and bland,


for she sits in the small

patch of sun on our rug

and licks her claws

from all angles


and it is far


to "balanced reporting"


though, of course,

it is also

the very same thing.

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by Rae Armantrout

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