Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Rae Armantrout's "New"

Here's a take, or, at least, an informal but very interesting, interpretation of Rae Armantrout's poem New, by somebody called Steven Fama (no profile available). Rae Armantrout is one of the finalists for the US National Book Award.


If yellow
is the new black,

the new you
is a cartoon

who blows his lines

around bumptious 3-D

apologizes often,
and remains cheerful.


The new pop song
is about getting real:

“You had a bad day.
The camera don’t lie.”

But they’re lying
to you
about the camera.


Since Fallujah
is the new Antigua,

sunlight nibbles
on pre-

in the electric fireplace.

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