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American Poets Project #20: A. R. Ammons: Selected Poems

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"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, brother! brother!' The same mischievously sobering sensibility offers clipped, humorous takes on interpersonal relations, as in the six word gem 'Their Sex Life': 'One failure on/ Top of Another'. In this small volume-the 20th in The Library of America's American Poets Project series-Lehman, poet and editor of the annual Best American Poetry anthologies, succeeds in giving a sense of Ammons' range and major themes, while pointing the reader toward Ammons' original books, which deserve to be read from cover to cover." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781931082938
Editor:
Lehman, David
Publisher:
Library of America
Editor:
Lehman, David
Author:
Ammons, A. R.
Author:
Lehman, David
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Series:
American Poets Project
Series Volume:
20
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
7.56x4.78x.55 in. .47 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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, brother! brother!' The same mischievously sobering sensibility offers clipped, humorous takes on interpersonal relations, as in the six word gem 'Their Sex Life': 'One failure on/ Top of Another'. In this small volume-the 20th in The Library of America's American Poets Project series-Lehman, poet and editor of the annual Best American Poetry anthologies, succeeds in giving a sense of Ammons' range and major themes, while pointing the reader toward Ammons' original books, which deserve to be read from cover to cover." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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