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Author: A. R. Ammons
ISBN: 0393035425
Language: English
Pages: 121 pages
Category: Poetry
Publisher: Norton & Co; 1st edition (August 1, 1993)
Rating: 4.6
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Archie Randolph Ammons (February 18, 1926 – February 25, 2001) was an American poet who won the annual National Book Award for Poetry in 1973 and 1993.

Archie Randolph Ammons (February 18, 1926 – February 25, 2001) was an American poet who won the annual National Book Award for Poetry in 1973 and 1993. Ammons wrote about humanity's relationship to nature in alternately comic and solemn tones. His poetry often addresses religious and philosophical matters and scenes involving nature, almost in a Transcendental fashion.

A. R. Ammons's poem with the unforgettable title is a defense of meaning-'this,' the poet says, 'are awash in ideality. Garbage is an epic of ideas: all life-not that of human beings alone, but every species-is shown to be part of an ultimate reality. Eternity is here and now. The argument ranges widely with a wealth of images taken from science, and the world around us, the wr "A.

As the citation for the 1993 National Book Award for Poetry said, "Garbage is an epic of ideas: all life-not that of human beings alone, but of every species-is shown to be part of an ultimate reality.

Ammons wrote his first poems while serving aboard a Navy destroyer .

Ammons wrote his first poems while serving aboard a Navy destroyer during World War II. After the war, he completed his education, then held a variety of jobs before beginning his teaching career at Cornell University in 1964. Ammons once told the Winston-Salem Journal and Sentinel: I never dreamed of being a Poet poet. It may very well be a great on. .perhaps even superior to his previous long masterwork, Tape for the Turn of the Year.

ISBN13: 9780393312034 ISBN10: 0393312038 Condition: Standard.

Citation for the 1993 National Book Award for Poetry. Other Titles of Interest. Collected Poems: 1951-1971. From the publisher: A reissue of a body of work spanning two decades from one. Tape for the Turn of the Year: A Poem. Ian Sansom writes: In a power-rhyming slap-happy parody of Thirties.

Ammons published his first book of poems, Ommateum: With Doxology, in 1955. He went on to publish nearly thirty collections, including Bosh and Flapdoodle (W. W. Norton, 2005); Glare (1997); Garbage (1993), which won the National Book Award and the Library of Congress's Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry; A Coast of Trees (1981), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry; Sphere. 1974), which received the Bollingen Prize; and Collected Poems 1951-1971 (1972), which won the National Book Award.

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The subject of garbage serves as the inspiration for a new collection of poetry, by the award-winning author of Sumerian Vistas, that explores the themes of nature and mutability.
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Garbage is spiritual. Really, I'm serious. Don't believe me? Read A.R. Ammons's epic poem. I'm positive that he will convince you. He uses Garbage as a metaphor for finding meaning and beauty in all of life, especially those things that are seemingly meaningless. Garbage is the message we need to hear in today's world of self-fufilment. Humanity is just one part of the larger reality that we live in. This work is utterly provocative and unrelenting in its pursuit of the total affirmation of existence.
In Garbage, A.R. Ammons displays his unique sense of human sincerity and literary playfulness as he defends the meaning of creative self-expression through art and poetry. Sensitive to the beauty and the power of words and teeming with relative optimism, Garbage is definitely worth taking a look at.
This book is garbage (heheh). There were stains on the front cover, but the book came as described.
Exactly that, garbage. Not a good indication of the wonderful poems he can write.
"Garbage" is a lively book-length poem in 18 chapters about...uh, well, garbage. Actually, that's just a jumping-off point for a poem more concerned with philosophical issues than the here and now, which is fairly uncommon in this age of tinny free verse poems about pretty much nothing. Ammons' imagination takes him all over the map, from musings on the trials of being sixty-three years old with "an unaccomplished mission unaccomplished," to the possibility of personal immortality. Parts are a little obscure, but on the whole this is very readable, even funny at times. Ammons knows how to make philosophy entertaining; as he puts it, "Argument is like dining:/mess with a nice dinner long enough, it's garbage."
In terms of importance and pleasure--perhaps the only meaningful qualities of verse--Garbage is right up there with Harmonium and the Four Quartets. I can think of no other books last century which have had such a profound effect on the art than the aforementioned books of Stevens and Eliot. Garbage is sure to have such an effect for 21st century poets. It has completely transformed my poetry; I can no longer write in a stilted and affected voice. What's more, it has provided me days upon days of intellectual pleasure.
The Ammons line is something totally unprecedented in poetry. Tentative, flippant, musical, supple and tough:
...Mike, the young
kid who does things for us, cut down the
thrift with his weedeater, those little white
flowers more like weedsize more than likely:
sometimes called cliff rose: also got the grass
out of the front ditch now too wet to mow, slashed:
the dispositional axis is not supreme (how tedious)
and not a fiction (how clever) but plain (greatness
flows through the lowly) and a fact (like as not)
Ultimately it is poets who decide which poet achieves greatness and which poet is forgotten. I believe Ammons will influence the coming generation of poets more than anyone else will, and Garbage is sure to play a starring role in this influence.
This book is brilliant, & so unique, through & through. Very particular music, with amazing, complex metaphors; a luminous lexus; a solid, earthy grip in the world with settings in real places such as route I-95 in Florida; & even humor. For example, at one moment in the book, there's an archetype which he comments on being "another Archie." His poetry never stops moving. I think his writing, especially this book with all its idosyncrasies & ideas, is very important poetry to know.
I think it's fantastic that Norton has reissued Garbage. It and the earlier Tape for the Turn of the Year are great examples of how the long poem can still be a fun, engaging, page-turner of a genre. Ammons was a crackerjack writer and he is at his best in Garbage. It starts off with an audacious premise - that garbage is a worthy subject for epic poetry. But, the next thing you know, Ammons is making you a believer with his astounding lyricism and exuberance. He then turns his romanticized trash heap into a springboard for a engaging discussion of life, art and the question of what is permanent. Garbage is bursting at the seams with Ammons' wry humor, old-fashioned homespun wisdom and refreshingly self-deprecating honesty about the befuddlement of the human condition. A hoot to read!