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1

“If you can read this,

you’re too close.”

This has been specially

hand-crafted in Mexico.

“Hi, you’ll do”

on a tee-shirt

made by young girls

in Thailand?

America poses

in whose mirror?

Irascible.

Insouciant.

2

This is a five star trance.

To have this vantage

from the cliff’s edge,

to get drunk on indifference,

to stare

at a bright succession

of crests

raised from nothing

and flattened

Rae Armantrout's most recent books are Versed, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Money Shot, and Just Saying. She teaches poetry and poetics at UC San Diego.

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