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Garbage (Paperback)

Author:  A. R. Ammons
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0393324117
ISBN-13: 9780393324112
Sku: 31003567
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.75L x 0.5T
Pages:  121
Age Range:  NA
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"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 writing by turns impassioned and witty. For power of the thought and language, the poem takes its place alongside Whitman''s "Song of Myself" an American classic." Citation for the 1993 National Book Award for Poetry
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"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 writing by turns impassioned and witty. For power of the thought and language, the poem takes its place alongside Whitman's Song of Myself--an American classic."--Citation for the 1993 National Book Award for Poetry
Annotation:
This book-length poem, which won the National Book Award in 1993, began when the author passed an actual garbage heap off the interstate in Florida, but it weaves together philosophical considerations of the ways diverse things come together as one and how their nature changes when they do. Like many of Ammons' poems, this one was written on adding-machine tape in casual, heavily enjambed couplets.
Author Bio
A. R. Ammons
Before he settled into a career as a professional poet and teacher, A. R. Ammons tried a little of everything else. He served in the Navy in World War II, when he began writing poems seriously for the first time. Then he went to Wake Forest University, near his North Carolina hometown of Whiteville, where he studied the sciences, preparing him for a later 12-year stint as a glass factory executive in New Jersey. He also did graduate work in English at the University of California, headed up an elementary school on North Carolina's remote Cape Hatteras, and sold real estate. His entry into the poetry world was tentative: his first book, OMMATEUM, was self-published, and it was nine more years before he published his second book and took up teaching English at Cornell University. He would remain at Cornell for the rest of his career, publishing frequently and helping to run the university's prestigious program in poetry writing. His poems, which he types--often on adding tape--are typically short-lined and informal. Though they often exhibit a light touch, they take up strenuous philosophical problems, often embedding them in a seemingly banal image, such as the garbage dump that inspired his National Book Award-winning long poem GARBAGE. Though he has remained somewhat retiring, eschewing the lifestyle of many poets who spend weeks on the road giving readings and lectures, he has garnered an enormous and dedicated critical and popular following, and he has won most of the awards that poets can win: two National Book Awards, the Frost Medal, a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship, the $100,000 Tanning Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, among many others.

Praise

New York Times Book Review
"In this major new installment to his life work, A.R. Ammons has given us an American testament." - Edward Hirsch

Times Literary Supplement
"[In] 'Garbage..., a rubbish dump, lovingly described, becomes an unlikely site and metaphor for the translation of the real into the ideal..Occasionally [the poems] take off: a single, and apparently undistinguished, idea prompts a series of surprising and surprisingly wide-ranging implications; or, even more impressively, the human implications of a natural observation prove particularly urgent and engaging." - Nicholas Everett 09/15/1995

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0121
Product attributePublisher:   W. W. Norton & Company
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