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.


  1. Legacy
  2. Mistakes
  3. Word Problems
  4. Life’s Work
  5. The Ether
  6. Before
  7. Song
  8. Currency
  9. The Fit
  10. Upper World
  11. Almost
  12. Two Three
  13. The Subject
  14. Reversible
  15. Scumble
  16. Around
  17. Unbidden
  18. Integer
  19. Bubble Wrap
  20. Soft Money
  21. Exact
  22. Scripture
  23. Dress Up
  24. Accounts (for Brian Keating)
  25. Arrivals
  26. Chirality
  27. Sonnet 3 (after William Shakespeare)


  1. Itself
  2. Control
  3. The New Zombie
  4. The Times
  5. Making
  6. The Craft Talk
  7. Conflation
  8. You Know
  9. Object Permanence
  10. Arch
  11. Flicker
  12. My Erasures
  13. Old Woman’s Lament in Autumn (for William Carlos Williams)
  14. Fusion
  15. Negotiations
  16. Hate
  17. Flux
  18. Unquote
  19. Wrong
  20. The Wig
  21. Can You See
  22. Jackpot
  23. Subject Rhymes
  24. Bees
  25. The Act
  26. Hoard
  27. 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her recently published collection Partly: New and Selected Poems 2001-2015 (Wesleyan, 2016) and some of them previously unpublished, Rae Armantrout’s Conflation interrogates the difference between texture and tactile; thing unspoken versus thing unseen.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

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.