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Release: Oct. 10, 2001
University of Iowa Writers' Workshop presents reading by poet Rae Armantrout
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Poet and essayist Rae Armantrout will read from her work
at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in Room 101 of the Becker Communications Studies
Building on the University of Iowa campus. The reading, sponsored by the UI
Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.
Armantrout's new book, "Veil: New and Selected Poems," is just
out from the Wesleyan Poetry Series. Her other books are "Extremities,"
"The Invention of Hunger," "Precedence," "Necroromance,"
"Made to Seem," "Writing the Plot about Sets," the memoir
"True" and "The Pretext."
Armantrout was a founding member of the West Coast "Language Poetry"
movement, although her work is not easily definable by that label. Her work
has been the subject of numerous essays, some of which are gathered in the
book "A Wild Salience: The Writings of Rae Armantrout," and an entry
in the "Dictionary of Literary Biography."
A preview of "Veil: New and Selected Poems" in Publishers Weekly
stated, "Armantrout is usually considered the most lyrically oriented
of the language poets. . . Wesleyan's selection shows that as with William
Carlos Williams, to whom Armantrout owes a debt in the curious torquing of
her sentences, it is not stylistic pyrotechnics, grandiose theoretical syntheses
or encyclopedic references that drives these terrific poems, but an original
and quirky turn of mind."
Armantrout is a faculty member of the University of California at San Diego.
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