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Conflation by Rae Armantrout

 



Conflation by Rae Armantrout




CONFLATION
poetry
Rae Armantrout

 


Fonograf Editions
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Price: $21.95
Free shipping
poetry
Vinyl LP
45 minutes
Print run: 500




CONFLATION
poetry
Rae Armantrout

 


Fonograf Editions
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Price: $21.95
Free shipping
poetry
Vinyl LP
45 minutes
Print run: 500


About the Record

Featuring poems written over the past 15 years, some of them from her recently published collection Partly: New and Selected Poems 2001-2015 (Wesleyan, 2016) and some of them previously unpublished, Rae Armantrout’s Conflation interrogates the difference between texture and tactile; thing unspoken versus thing unseen. The world largely exists in the interstices and Rae Armantrout’s poetry makes that clear. As she elucidates on “Scumble,” the 15th poem on Side A of Conflation:

What if I were turned on by seemingly innocent words
such as “scumble,” “pinky,” or “extrapolate?”

What if I maneuvered conversation in the hope that
others would pronounce these words?

Perhaps the excitement would come from the way the
other person touched them lightly and carelessly with
his tongue.

What if “of” were such a hot button?

“Scumble of bushes.”

What if there were a hidden pleasure
in calling one thing
by another’s name?

A Rae Armantrout poem is a space where no word is safe from speculation. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award for her 2009 collection Versed, Armantrout is the poet for the Twitterified 21st century and Conflation allows its listener to lapse and bathe in her voice’s nuanced measure.


ABOUT THE RECORDING

Conflation was recorded by Ben Doller in San Diego, California on Monday, August 1st, 2016, and mastered and engineered by Gus Elg at Sky Onion in Portland, Oregon, in the Fall of 2016. Purchase of Conflation includes a 11"×11" insert of the album’s title poem, as well as a download card for the entire album. The record itself is not black but clear.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rae Armantrout was born in Vallejo, California, on April 13, 1947, and grew up in San Diego. She has published numerous books of poetry, including Partly: New and Selected Poems, 2001–2015 (Wesleyan University Press, 2016); Itself (Wesleyan University Press, 2015); Versed (Wesleyan University Press, 2009), which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2010; Next Life (Wesleyan University Press, 2007), selected by the New York Times as one of the most notable books of 2007; Up to Speed (Wesleyan University Press, 2004), a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in Poetry; Veil: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2001), also a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award; Made To Seem (Sun & Moon Press, 1995); and The Invention of Hunger (Tuumba Press, 1979).



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