||Volume 1. 1955-1977 -- Volume 2. 1978-2005.
||"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." -- !c From book jacket, Volume 1.
||"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). -- !c From book jacket, Volume 2.
|Local note||Joyner NC Rare copy includes dust jackets.|
|Bibliography note||Includes bibliographical references and indexes.|
|ISBN||9780393070132 hardcover volume 1|
|ISBN||0393070131 hardcover volume 1|
|ISBN||9780393254891 hardcover volume 2|
|ISBN||0393254895 hardcover volume 2|