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The poems in Money Shot are forensic. Just as the money shot in porn is proof of the male orgasm, these poems explore questions of revelation and concealment. What is seen, what is hidden, and how do we know? Money Shot s investigation of these questions takes on a particular urgency because it occurs in the context of the suddenly revealed market manipulation and ...more
Hardcover, 77 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Wesleyan University Press
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Justin Evans
Jul 24, 2015 Justin Evans rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-and-drama
Money Shot's main virtue is its clarity. Armantrout has something to do with the LANGUAGE poets, but at least in this book there's no sign of that movements sillier theoretical tendencies. Consider the last few stanzas of 'Prayers':

The blue triangles
on the rug
repeating.

Coming up,
a discussion
on the uses
of torture.

The fear
that all *this*
will end.

The fear
that it won't.

I experienced most of the book in the light of this poem: an elegy for liberals who can't quite believe what "their" count
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Kimberly
Mar 18, 2016 Kimberly marked it as to-read
i cannot lie, i picked this up for its title
Steven Critelli
Jan 19, 2013 Steven Critelli rated it it was amazing
Unquestionably, Armantrout makes extraordinary demands on her reader. Words have an atomic weight, being freighted with symbolism, allegory and metaphor, and her usage deliberately questions the value of traditional connotations upon which many poetry readers rely. Likewise, Armantrout forces the reader to apprehend form and content in its various guises. Because she experiments with her poetry, the resulting resonance, irony, and revelation come as an after-effect, upon re-reading and thinking ...more
John Pappas
Jul 27, 2011 John Pappas rated it it was amazing
Armantrout's latest collection reminds me of the Winchester Mystery House in California -- there are many hidden passageways and trap doors that go nowhere and many tricks of perspective that disorient and discombobulate as the reader pursues lead after lead down corridors that collapse around him as he progresses. More allusive than her previous collections, to both pop culture (economics, TV, war news) and poetry (Hopkins, Milton), and sometimes more elliptical, Armantrout constructs more ...more
Ben G
Aug 07, 2014 Ben G rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
- Embarrassed I hadn't read Armantrout before. "Money Shot" is the first book of short-lined poems I've read this century that didn't feel tied to the early '90s. Most of my thesis was in that 60s-80s style. (I was pretty into James Tate.)

- Thematically I thought of Atom Egoyan due to a shared fascination with the distillation of sign and content into voyeuristic image.

- Many reviews mark "MS" as cold, but the scientific mindset behind Armantrout's exploration of various obsessions worked for me
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Michael
Oct 31, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
They’re sexy
because they’re needy,
which degrades them.

They’re sexy because
they don’t need you.

They’re sexy because they pretend
not to need you,

but they’re lying,
which degrades them.

They’re beneath you
and it’s hot.

They’re across the border,
rhymes with dancer —

they don’t need
to understand.

They’re content to be
(not mean),

which degrades them
and is sweet.

They want to be
the thing-in-itself

and the thing-for you —

Miss Thing —

but can’t.

They want to be you,
but can’t,

which is so hot.
Arick
Mar 18, 2013 Arick rated it really liked it
Sparse, delightful, a vicious feeding left to images of the greater mind. I enjoyed the simplicity of Armantrout's style, a refreshing panoply of minimalism in an age of sheer verbosity. The poems are short and effective, the images within never over-wrought. There is great depth here. Read the poem "Sway" and you'll be hooked to Armantrout's juxtaposition of frigid, distant images with the turgid sublimity of emotional intimacy. Post-confessional poetry, you could call it.
Siel Ju
Jan 26, 2012 Siel Ju rated it liked it
The book's somewhat less about -- though not not about -- the great recession than the jacket quotes make it out to be. Poems are often structured as short sections, each an observation of sorts -- the sections then obliquely connected via the title. Not all such oblique connections work, IMHO. Favorite poem is "With":

"I write things down
to show others
later
or to show myself
that I am not alone with
my experience."
Emily Dobbs
Jun 27, 2011 Emily Dobbs rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2011
I'd like to read "Versed" but this book was great. I got it from the Library and was reminded why I don't generally check poetry out from the library: I can't write my notes in the margins. Overall I really liked it but I need to get my hands on my own copy to fully absorb the work.
Al Filreis
Jan 24, 2014 Al Filreis rated it it was amazing
A marvelous book of poems that will reward slow close reading (as is always the case with Armantrout). Think about money. Look at your retirement savings (if any). Are you too big to fail? Then read these poems. Seriously.
Lucas
Feb 12, 2012 Lucas rated it liked it
"Soft Money" is amazing. The rest has some bright spots, but is occasionally opaque.
Eric Dean
Jul 18, 2011 Eric Dean rated it liked it
Fascinating, but intentionally cold, removed. Even so, not the most enjoyable poetry, but certainly mind-bending.
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Rae Armantrout (born 13 April 1947) is an American poet generally associated with the Language poets. Armantrout was born in Vallejo, California but grew up in San Diego. She has published ten books of poetry and has also been featured in a number of major anthologies. Armantrout currently teaches at the University of California, San Diego, where she is Professor of Poetry and Poetics.

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“Ends Meet


1
Could be
time is practice,

balance,

the action
executed in the mind
before and after.

Where does mind end?


2
We mark a break
with what has come before,

come through the door,

down the hatch.

Not a clean break
exactly.


3
Our life was rehearsal,
Mother almost said

so that we believed
we would escort her

to the future
where she could be happy.”
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