A Coast of Trees: Poems

A Coast of Trees: Poems

by A. R. Ammons
     
 

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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

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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."

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393324105
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Edition description:
(Reissue)
Pages:
52
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.30(d)

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

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