Her newly published memoir, True (Atelos), is an unsparing and wry account of a difficult childhood and questioning adolescence redeemed by a vocation to
poetry. Since then she has written some of the finest poetry I know, mapping new routes to heaven and hell via daily life and its beautiful familiars, the plain,
the orgiastic, the angry and the rueful. Rae Armantrout's recent books are Necromance (Sun & Moon), Made To Seem (Sun & Moon), writing the plot about
sets (a Chax chapbook);The Pretext is forthcoming from Sun & Moon. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including In The American Tree,
Best American Poetry of 1988, Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, From The Other Side Of The Century, Out of Everywhere, Moving
Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing By Women and Poems for the Millennium, Vol II. Her poems have recently appeared in such periodicals as
New American Writing, Conjunctions, Raddle Moon and Talisman. Armantrout teaches in the writing program at UCSD.
February 19, 1999