Rae Armantrout
The Plan

"Who told you
you were visible?”

God said,

meaning naked
or powerless.




We had planned this meeting
in advance,

how we’d address each other,

how we’d stand
or kneel.

Thus our intentions
are different

from our bodies,
something extra,

though transparent
like a negligee.




Though a bit sketchy,

like this palm’s
impression of a tree—

flashing scales,

on the point of

But sweet.
You don’t understand!

Like a lariat made of scalloped bricks

circling a patch
of grass

Found In Volume 29, No. 02
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Rae Armantrout
About the Author

Rae Armantrout's 2018 book, Wobble, was a finalist for the National Book Award that year. Her other books with Wesleyan include Partly: New and Selected Poems, Just Saying, Money Shot and Versed. In 2010 Versed won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and The National Book Critics Circle Award. Retired from UC San Diego where she was professor of poetry and poetics, she is the current judge of the Yale Younger Poets Prize.