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Debt Economy

Rae Armantrout


Say ‘The continuity and connectivity of space
owes its existence
to quantum-mechanical entanglement.’

It follows that existence is a debt.

Yet entanglement depends on the record
of a previous transaction
being accessed

which grows increasingly difficult
as the noise level rises

and scenes begin to merge
such that a daughter

is a mother
disappearing beyond

the cosmic horizon.


To put it more simply,

Rae Armantrout

Rae Armantrout’s most recent books are Finalists, Conjure and Wobble. In 2010 her book Versed won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the current judge of the Yale Younger Poets Prize.

Photograph © Andrea-Augé

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