Rae Armantrout

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Rae Armantrout has been associated with the Language-centered poets of the eighties, a group often accused of overly cerebral poetry derived from theory. Now, her work is found in the most widely read magazines that publish poetry. Her work has not changed. What has happened is that time has revealed the hidden heart of her work—the fear of the void that  causes her poems to vanish or explode.