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Set in Motion includes essays, reviews, and interviews as well as a selection of A. R. Ammons's poems, with commentary from the author about their inspiration and effects. He takes up the questions that have been central to American poetry over the last forty years and connects them to the larger enterprise of living in a difficult, changing world. At a moment when the arts are under attack, Ammons reminds us of the crucial role poetry plays in teaching us to recognize and use sources of understanding that are ...
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Overview

Set in Motion includes essays, reviews, and interviews as well as a selection of A. R. Ammons's poems, with commentary from the author about their inspiration and effects. He takes up the questions that have been central to American poetry over the last forty years and connects them to the larger enterprise of living in a difficult, changing world. At a moment when the arts are under attack, Ammons reminds us of the crucial role poetry plays in teaching us to recognize and use sources of understanding that are irreducible to statement.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780472096039
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/1997
  • Series: Poets on Poetry Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction
Autobiographical Note 3
Foreword to Ommateum 5
A Note on Prosody 6
A Note on Incongruence 8
Note of Intent 10
A Poem Is a Walk 12
Surfaces 21
Differences of Degree 23
Taking Exception 25
A Paragraph of Precedence 28
Poetry Is Action 29
"I Couldn't Wait to Say the Word" 35
"The Unassimilable Fact Leads Us On ...": Jim Stahl 41
An Interview: William Walsh 57
Perversity, Propaganda, and Poetry: Zofia Burr 73
The Paris Review Interview: David Lehman 85
Inside Out 111
Motion Which Disestablishes Organizes Everything 113
On "Motion Which Disestablishes Organizes Everything" 116
Making Change 117
Anxiety's Prosody 119
On "Anxiety's Prosody" 120
The Damned 121
On "The Damned" 123
On Garbage 125
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