Brink Road: Poems

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"No contemporary poet, in America, is likelier to become a classic than A. R. Ammons."—Harold Bloom
With characteristic economy, A. R. Ammons writes that "Brink Road lies off NY 96 between Candor and Catatonk." The very name suggests that we are ever in transition from one state of mind to another always on the edge of revelation.
The more than 150 poems in Brink Road date from 1973 to the present, dealing with Ammons's concerns with language, mortality, and the forces ...

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Overview

"No contemporary poet, in America, is likelier to become a classic than A. R. Ammons."—Harold Bloom
With characteristic economy, A. R. Ammons writes that "Brink Road lies off NY 96 between Candor and Catatonk." The very name suggests that we are ever in transition from one state of mind to another always on the edge of revelation.
The more than 150 poems in Brink Road date from 1973 to the present, dealing with Ammons's concerns with language, mortality, and the forces underlying the natural world. With elegance, wit, and ruminative gravity, Brink Road is an important addition to one of the most enduring bodies of poetry of our time.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
At the end of Brink Road is "Summer Place," a 45-page piece written in narrative triplets. While the jacket copy, like a warning sign, declares that this poem "unfolds the quotidian events of the poet's summer vacation," there is, fortunately, enough humor and sarcasm to make it fun. When this cranky and multiple award-winning poet/professor finds himself with nothing to do during a long July, he turns to self-effacement, colleague bashing ("John Hollander who knows so much about the art of/ poetry you wouldn't understand a thing he said") and undelighted, lecherous observations ("...coeds with the pear-like rondure/ sloping the dinky-little bicycle seats/ wouldn't it be fun to be leather...). The real problem with Ammons's latest trek is the 152 shorter works that line the way to "Summer Place." Often minimalist and obsessed with paradox, these poems are skeletons, their lines stacked like vertebrae ("where then do I/ belong: your/ belonging/ is to belong nowhere:/ what am I/ to be") or ribs of pastoral wonderment ("A shaded branch will through etiolation stretch, even though it has/ little sun to stretch with, to get into the sun").They tease the brain but rarely engage the heart. (July)
Library Journal
Two books, one new, reflecting Ammons's "trademark minimal verse" (LJ 9/1/96).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393315974
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 248
  • Lexile: 1260L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

A. R. Ammons’s (1926–2001) honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award.

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