"Her follow up to Versed, the prize-winning volume, is due out from Wesleyan University Press in February, and it's a stunner."—Craig Teicher, Publishers Weekly
Pulitzer Prize–winning poet searches for new ways to understand the world in the wake of the Great Recession
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 subsequent “great recession” of 2008–2009. In these poems, Rae Armantrout searches for new ways to organize information. What can be made manifest? What constitutes proof? Do we “know it when we see it”? Looking at sex, botany, cosmology, and death through the dark lens of “disaster capitalism,” Armantrout finds evidence of betrayal, grounds for rebellion, moments of possibility, and even pleasure, in a time of sudden scarcity and relentless greed.
This stunning follow-up to Versed—winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award—is a wonderfully stringent exploration of how deeply our experience of everyday life is embedded in capitalism.
“In a world of real justice, all speech would be sifted in Rae Armantrout’s gold pan. In what may be her best book yet, the poems of Money Shot sort our sorry tropes and reveal the fool’s gold with which we’ve smitten ourselves once again.”—Susan Wheeler, author of Ledger and Assorted Poems
“The breathtaking economy of these deftly crafted poems yields high dividends indeed. This is the real thing, no doubt about it….”—Peter Nicholls, author of George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism