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Two Poems

Cresting the fence, each leaf
sharply particular, edgy, nearly
identical to its kin.


String of periods.

String of period
living rooms, lights
coming on in them.


One’s coordinates

or the coordinates
one is?


To be found


How many billion
suns blazing
and the universe
still dark



Scattered against dark conifers,
the seared gold trees
I take for signal fires.

You too.

What do you think
they’re saying?


In fiction, time
runs both ways

and the past is legible,



How are beauty
and meaning

Beauty seduces meaning.
Meaning stalks beauty.

Beauty breaks down
into meaning.

Meaning breaks down
into dreams.

Rae Armantrout’s Wobble was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award and Conjure was a finalist for the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry (both Wesleyan University Press). Her newest collection, Finalists, is also forthcoming from Wesleyan in the spring of 2022.