F0N02 // Rae Armantrout – Conflation
- Release Date: December 6, 2016
- Run Time: 45:00
- Print Run: 500
Conflation was recorded by Ben Doller in San Diego, California, USA 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.
- Word Problems
- Life’s Work
- The Ether
- The Fit
- Upper World
- Two Three
- The Subject
- Bubble Wrap
- Soft Money
- Dress Up
- Accounts (for Brian Keating)
- Sonnet 3 (after William Shakespeare)
- The New Zombie
- The Times
- The Craft Talk
- You Know
- Object Permanence
- My Erasures
- Old Woman’s Lament in Autumn (for William Carlos Williams)
- The Wig
- Can You See
- Subject Rhymes
- The Act
- Old Tricks
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her recently published collection Partly: New and Selected Poems 2001-2015 (Wesleyan, 2016) and some of them previously unpublished, Rae Armantrout’s Conflation interrogates the difference between texture and tactile; thing unspoken versus thing unseen.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
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.