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A Coast of Trees: Poems

Overview

This collection of shorter poems won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1981.
Of this volume, the noted critic Harold Bloom has written, "A Coast of Trees represents A. R. Ammons at his strongest and most eloquent in the lyric mode. The book is an achievement fully comparable to his Uplands and Briefings. Among the poems likely to assume a permanent place in the Ammonsian (and American) canon are the majestic title lyric and 'Swells,' 'Easter Morning,' 'Keepsake,' ...

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Overview

This collection of shorter poems won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1981.
Of this volume, the noted critic Harold Bloom has written, "A Coast of Trees represents A. R. Ammons at his strongest and most eloquent in the lyric mode. The book is an achievement fully comparable to his Uplands and Briefings. Among the poems likely to assume a permanent place in the Ammonsian (and American) canon are the majestic title lyric and 'Swells,' 'Easter Morning,' 'Keepsake,' 'Givings,' and 'Persistences.' Again Ammons has confirmed his vital continuities with the central Whitmanian tradition of our poetry, and his crucial place in that panoply."

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Editorial Reviews

Harold Bloom
A Coast of Trees represents A. R. Ammons at his strongest and most eloquent in the lyric mode.
Helen Vendler
[In Ammons's poetry] the scientific world is beautifully in balance with the perceptual one.
Vernon Shetley
A.R. AMMONS means to be a meditative poet, but he keeps getting distracted.... ''A Coast of Trees'' shows Ammons working in the vein of such earlier volumes as ''Briefings'' and ''Uplands,'' short lyrics annotating a single perception or enclosing a single inflection of thought. The voice Ammons assumes in these new poems, that of the reflective, perambulatory naturalist, is familiar from his earlier work, as is the peculiar mix of lofty argument and plain wordplay; botany, metaphysics, punning and alliteration tumble freely one after another through the poems. If anything, Ammons's characteristic inwardness and reticence are more than usually pronounced in this volume. -- New York times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393324105
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Edition description: (Reissue)
  • Pages: 52
  • Sales rank: 817,172
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.30 (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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Table of Contents

Coast of Trees 1
Swells 2
Continuing 4
In Memoriam Mae Noblitt 6
Weather-Bound 8
Where 10
Strolls 11
Getting Through 13
Eventually Is Soon Enough 14
Density 16
Vehicle 17
Response 18
Easter Morning 19
White Dwarf 23
Distraction 24
Rapids 26
Neighbors 27
Keepsake 28
Antithesis 29
Traveling Shows 31
Breaking Out 32
Range 33
Dry Spell Spiel 34
Mountain Wind 35
Night Finding 36
Fourth Dimension 37
Country Music 38
Wiring 39
Sunday at McDonald's 40
Sweetened Change 41
Parting 42
Feel Like Traveling On 44
Poverty 45
Givings 46
An Improvisation for the Stately Dwelling 47
An Improvisation for Jerald Bullis 49
Persistences 51
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