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A. R. Ammons: Selected Poems
A. R. Ammons
1931082936
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Ammons (1926-2001) was a difficult figure to pin down. While unassociated with any particular poetic school or group, he picked up threads from Whitman, Williams, Frost and Stevens, weaving them into poetry all his own: equal parts pastoral meditation, philosophical speculation and homespun resignation. In the process, he won nearly every honor a major American poet can. Now, in the first selection to present samplings from the whole of his oeuvre (which ranges from two-line lyrics to book-length sequences), we can survey the extent is his poetic powers. Speaking like an earthy philosopher, Ammons renders vivid portrayals of man's interaction with nature ("...seedheads crushed by tires/.../ so many seeds, and not one will make a/ tree"), yielding humbling metaphysical observations: "...wind doesn't whistle,...


Bosh and Flapdoodle
A. R. Ammons
0393059529
Mar 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
By the time of his death in 2001, Ammons had won almost every award a poet can win. A National Book Award, a Pulitzer and a MacArthur "genius" grant (among others) honored his folksy yet intellectually rewarding verse, from sprawling, apparently improvised, philosophically rich book-length poems (Garbage; Sphere) to compact collections of witty and elegant lyric (A Coast of Trees; The Really Short Poems of A.R. Ammons). Begun in 1996 and clearly intended as a unified book, this posthumous gathering splits the difference between Ammons's short and long modes, and retains the virtues of both. Individual poems (each two pages in length) in unrhymed couplets address individual topics (bodily functions; "tree-limbs down" in a storm; A.E. Housman; "leaves from/ the maple by the driveway"; money; a "bathroom window open...


A. R. Ammons: Collected Poems, 1951-1971
A. R. Ammons
0393321924
April 2001
Paperback
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Harold Bloom
[T]he most distinguished book of American verse, in my judgment, since the publication of Wallace Stevens's Collected Poems.

David Kalstone
No mere gathering of poems, this collection is like one an explorer brings back.

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Worldly Hopes
A. R. Ammons
0393000818
May 1982
Paperback
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Harold Bloom
A maker who would have delighted Whitman and Emerson. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
In the poetry of A. R. Ammons, Helen Vendler has written, "the scientific world is beautifully in balance with the perceptual one." Originally published in 1982, this collection reminds us why Ammons must be read by all those who would understand our age and one of its most brilliant voices. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Approaching Prayer: Ritual and the Shape of Myth in A. R. Ammons and James Dickey
Robert Kirschten
0807122475
May 1998
Hardcover
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Complexities of Motion: New Essays on A. R. Ammons's Long Poems
Steven P. Schneider (Editor)
0838637426
April 1999
Hardcover
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Tape for the Turn of the Year
A. R. Ammons
0393035530
Jan 1994
Hardcover
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Glare
A. R. Ammons
0393040968
July 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
Harold Bloom, one of this country's most respected literary critics, has this to say: "No contemporary poet, in America, is likelier to become a classic than A. R. Ammons." With Glare, Ammons once again has proven himself a master of the long poem, the short line, and a deep and sympathetic humor in the face of life's absurdities. Ammons wants you to understand that your life, and the lives of those you love, would mean nothing to any of the sizable meteors that could crash into the earth at any time, killing us all, but he doesn't stop there. The cosmic game is stunningly vast, he writes, and, after all "it is / nice to be included, especially from / so minor a pew: please turn, in yr / hymnals, to page 'archie carrying on / again' ..." Ammons is a great poet not content to rest on his...


Considering the Radiance: Essays on the Poetry of A. R. Ammons
Roger Gilbert
0393059995
March 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This intimate collection of essays addressed to the common reader pays tribute to one of the twentieth century's major poets. Addressing every phase of A. R. Ammons's oeuvre, from his beginnings in the 1950s to his late masterpieces Garbage and Glare, this collection explores the personal side of a poet often still seen as forbiddingly abstract and intellectual. Included are essays by Helen Vendler, Alice Fulton, Harold Bloom, and John Ashbery, among others.

About the Author
Roger Gilbert is a professor at Cornell University and lives in Ithaca, New York. David Burak teaches at Santa Monica College and lives in Santa Monica, California.


The A. R. Ammons - The Selected Poems
A. R. Ammons
0393303969
March 1987
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Two books, one new, reflecting Ammons's "trademark minimal verse" (LJ 9/1/96).Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Everyday and Prophetic: The Poetry of Lowell, Ammons, Merrill, and Rich
Nick Halpern
0299173402
June 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
The everyday is what the prophetic poet focuses on, that is what fills him with rage, that is what he wants to transform The first book to describe and analyze at length the prophetic voice and the everyday voice in postwar and contemporary American poetry. Nick Halpern's commentaries on the work of Robert Lowell, A.R. Ammons, James Merrill, Adrienne Rich, Jorie Graham, and Louise Glück, serve the reader with a fresh and original context in which to see their work, and Postwar American poetry as a whole.

From the Back Cover
"Halpern is continually deft, precise, and responsive in his (often beautiful) readings of specific poems or of the movement of a given poet's career. His style is superb: economical, forthright, and dazzlingly imaginative. Halpern's book seems to me a...


Really Short Poems of A. R. Ammons
A. R. Ammons
0393028704
May 1991
Hardcover
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Book Review
These short pieces frequently combine the discipline and precision of haiku with the assured and humorous tone of cracker-barrel philosophy. Ammons, who has been known to have plenty to say, cuts to the heart of the matter in poem after poem, suggesting worlds of unspoken wisdom and humor. "Success Story" is a good example of the project, as Ammons explains why he never "got on good" with the rest of the world: "First I had nothing / the world wanted / then the world had / nothing I wanted."

From Library Journal
The best short poems return much more than they demand, and these insightful brevities culled from 40 years of Ammons's work require a steamship to haul their pleasures home to the reader. Rarely venturing beyond a terse tenth line, they encompass wit ("It's hard/ to live/...


The Really Short Poems of A.R. Ammons
A. R. Ammons
0393308502
May 1992
Paperback
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Book Review
These short pieces frequently combine the discipline and precision of haiku with the assured and humorous tone of cracker-barrel philosophy. Ammons, who has been known to have plenty to say, cuts to the heart of the matter in poem after poem, suggesting worlds of unspoken wisdom and humor. "Success Story" is a good example of the project, as Ammons explains why he never "got on good" with the rest of the world: "First I had nothing / the world wanted / then the world had / nothing I wanted." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal
The best short poems return much more than they demand, and these insightful brevities culled from 40 years of Ammons's work require a steamship to haul their pleasures home to the reader. Rarely venturing beyond a...


Brink Road
A. R. Ammons
0393315975
July 1997
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
At the end of Brink Road is "Summer Place," a 45-page piece written in narrative triplets. While the jacket copy, like a warning sign, declares that this poem "unfolds the quotidian events of the poet's summer vacation," there is, fortunately, enough humor and sarcasm to make it fun. When this cranky and multiple award-winning poet/professor finds himself with nothing to do during a long July, he turns to self-effacement, colleague bashing ("John Hollander who knows so much about the art of/ poetry you wouldn't understand a thing he said") and undelighted, lecherous observations ("...coeds with the pear-like rondure/ sloping the dinky-little bicycle seats/ wouldn't it be fun to be leather...). The real problem with Ammons's latest trek is the 152 shorter works that line the way to "Summer Place." Often minimalist...


Glare
A. R. Ammons
039331779X
July 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Harold Bloom, one of this country's most respected literary critics, has this to say: "No contemporary poet, in America, is likelier to become a classic than A. R. Ammons." With Glare, Ammons once again has proven himself a master of the long poem, the short line, and a deep and sympathetic humor in the face of life's absurdities. Ammons wants you to understand that your life, and the lives of those you love, would mean nothing to any of the sizable meteors that could crash into the earth at any time, killing us all, but he doesn't stop there. The cosmic game is stunningly vast, he writes, and, after all "it is / nice to be included, especially from / so minor a pew: please turn, in yr / hymnals, to page 'archie carrying on / again' ..." Ammons is a great poet not content to rest on his...


Set in Motion: Essays, Interviews, and Dialogues
A. R. Ammons
047206603X
February 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
Set in Motion collects for the first time the prose writings of A. R. Ammons, one of our most important and enduring contemporary poets. Hailed as a major force in American poetry by such redoubtable critics as Harold Bloom and Helen Vendler, Ammons has reflected upon the influences of luminaries like Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Frost, Stevens, and Williams while creating a compelling style and an artistic vision uniquely his own.

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