A superb long poem by the contemporary master of the form, "Glare" consists of two sections: "Strip" and "Scat Scan". The poem demonstrates, yet again, why A.R. Ammons's poetic voice is a national treasure: by turns cosmic, self-inflating, self "de"flating, eloquent, intimate, bawdy, comic, precise--and always unmistakably his own.A superb long poem by the contemporary master of the form, "Glare" consists of two sections: "Strip" and "Scat Scan". The poem demonstrates, yet again, why A.R. Ammons's poetic voice is a national treasure: by turns cosmic, self-inflating, self "de"flating, eloquent, intimate, bawdy, comic, precise--and always unmistakably his own.Read Less
Very Good. American Poetry. US: W. W. Norton & Company. Paperback. Very Good. Editorial Reviews Review Harold Bloom, one of this country's most respected literary critics, has t h is to say: "No contemporary poet, in America, is likelier to become a cla ss ic than A. R. Ammons." With Glare, Ammons once again has proven himself a m aster of the long poem, the short line, and a deep and sympathetic humo r in the face of life's absurdities. Ammons wants you to understand that y our l ife, and the lives of those you love, would mean nothing to any of th e siza ble meteors that could crash into the earth at any time, killing us all, bu t he doesn't stop there. The cosmic game is stunningly vast, he wri tes, and, after all "it is / nice to be included, especially from / so min or a pew: please turn, in yr / hymnals, to page 'archie carrying on / agai n'..." Am mons is a great poet not content to rest on his laurels. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. From Library Journal In his 1968 ess ay, "A Poem Is a Walk, " Ammons described poetry as being able to incorporat e "contradictions, inconsistencies, explanations." His long poems demonstra te that theory, leaving him room to be humanist, philosopher, scientist, na turalist, teacher, family man, and sexual being. Writing in his familiar co uplets on another roll of adding-machine tape, he reminds readers of his la st book-length poem, Garbage (1993 National Book Award winner). He wants "S trip" to be akin to litter, however, casually strewn everywhere: "I have pl enty and/ give plenty away, why, because here/ at nearly 70 stuff has bunch ed up/ with who knows how much space to/ spread out into." Or, again: "stri.
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