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The Fit


In a fit of repugnance
each moment
rips itself in half,

producing a twin.

     *

In a coming-of-age story
each dream
produces me:

an ignorance
on the point of revelation.

     *

I'm at a side table

in a saloon
in Alaska,

my eye on the door
where a flood of strangers
pours in.

     *

The door or the window?

It's morning.



—Rae Armantrout

 


Rae Armantrout 's most recent books of poetry are The Pretext and Veil: New and Selected Poems.
She teaches writing at University of California, San Diego.

Originally published in the April/May 2002 issue of Boston Review


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