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The Resource The complete poems of A.R. Ammons, edited by Robert M. West ; introduction by Helen Vendler

The complete poems of A.R. Ammons, edited by Robert M. West ; introduction by Helen Vendler

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The complete poems of A.R. Ammons
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The complete poems of A.R. Ammons
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edited by Robert M. West ; introduction by Helen Vendler
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eng
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  • "'So I said I am Ezra / and the wind whipped my throat / gaming for the sounds of my voice....' So begins one of the most remarkable oeuvres in the history of American poetry. The Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons, Volume I presents the first half of Archie Randolph Ammons's long career, including the complete texts of his three book-length poems from that period: the verse diary Tape for the Turn of the Year, the Bollingen Prize-winning Sphere: The Form of a Motion, and the daring kaleidoscope of The Snow Poems, which late in life Ammons said of all his long poems was his favorite. Here are many of Ammons's most widely celebrated lyrics and meditations, including 'Corsons Inlet,' 'Still,' 'Gravelly Run,' and 'The City Limits.' Others are more directly inspired by his roots in the rural South, among them 'Nelly Myers,' 'Silver,' and 'Mule Song.' Here too are conversations with mountains (as in 'Classic' and 'Mountain Talk') and exchanges with the wind ('The Wide Land' and 'Mansion'), materialist explanations of reality ('Mechanism' and 'Catalyst') and prayers (such as the several poems titled 'Hymn'). A poet drawn to theorizing about poetry, Ammons offers both sophisticated discussions of the art (as in 'Poetics' and 'Essay on Poetics') and disarming assurance: 'I believe in fun.' The text of each poem has been established after careful consideration of Ammons's manuscripts and other prepublication materials. Endnotes detail the poems' composition and publication histories, and also helpfully annotate references made within the poems. This volume confirms Richard Howard's judgment: 'Here was a great poet, surely one of the largest to speak among us'." --
  • "If you will sit with me in the light // of speech, I will sit with you. . . ." Readers who accept that invitation will find themselves in extraordinary company. The Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons, Volume II presents the second half of Archie Randolph Ammons's long career, including the complete texts of his two book-length poems from that period: Garbage, for which he won his second National Book Award, and Glare, which drew special praise from the Academy of American Poets as it bestowed on him its highest honor, the Wallace Stevens Award. In addition, two appendices offer over one hundred and twenty previously uncollected poems dating from the 1950s to the late 1990s. Among this volume's many highlights are celebrations of the natural world (such as "Hermit Lark" and "Lofty Calling"), poems of remembrance (as in "Chinaberry" and "Keeping Track"), prayers ("Singling & Doubling Together" and "Autonomy"), and compelling meditations on loss and mortality (such as "Easter Morning" and "In View of the Fact"). As in Volume I, the variety of scale is remarkable, ranging from the massiveness of Glare to the haiku-like brevity of "Pebble's Story." The text of each poem has been established after careful consideration of Ammons's manuscripts and other prepublication materials. Endnotes detail the poems' composition and publication histories, and also helpfully annotate references made within the poems. Celebrated poetry critic Helen Vendler's introduction both humanizes Ammons and traces the growth of his outsized stature as a major poet, "unquestionably among the best-loved poets of our time" (David Lehman). --
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  • From volume 1, dust jacket
  • From dust jacket, Volume 2
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1926-2001,
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Ammons, A. R.
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3501
LC item number
.M6 2017
Literary form
poetry
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bibliography
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  • 1969-
  • 1933-
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  • West, Robert
  • Vendler, Helen
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  • American poetry
  • Poetry
  • American poetry
  • Poetry
  • POETRY / American
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The complete poems of A.R. Ammons, edited by Robert M. West ; introduction by Helen Vendler
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Volume 1. 1955-1977 -- volume 2. 1978-2005
Control code
1005202899
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
2 volumes
Isbn
9780393070132
Lccn
2017047332
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1005202899
Label
The complete poems of A.R. Ammons, edited by Robert M. West ; introduction by Helen Vendler
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Volume 1. 1955-1977 -- volume 2. 1978-2005
Control code
1005202899
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
2 volumes
Isbn
9780393070132
Lccn
2017047332
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1005202899

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