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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  228 ratings  ·  8 reviews
To the "visions of clarity and terror" in that volume the poet now adds the most important poems from his three books published since. The resulting collection is the essential starting place for new readers, the quarry for those familiar with his work. Among the new poems is "Easter Morning," which the critic Helen Vendler called "a classic poem . . . a revelation."
Paperback, 136 pages
Published March 17th 1987 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1977)
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Gabriel Oak
This was my first experience of Ammons beyond single poems collected in anthologies, and I liked it very much. I'll likely return to it again.
Caleb Benadum
This collection receives a four star rating from me only because of the poem "Easter Morning" which is one of the most beautiful and insightful poems I have ever encountered. This is not to say I didn't enjoy the rest, in fact, I love Ammons style and the way he uses enjambment throughout his work. I suppose its because I read Easter Morning first, and then came to this work. While I enjoy nature, what got to me about Easter Morning, the utter humanity of it, was just not present in a lot of his ...more
After reading this collection I will have to say I like Ammons' shorter poems best. This collection has more medium to long poems, some of which are also excellent, but his short poems are the best.
I've now done presentations on Ammons in two different classes and I just love his work more and more. I definitely recommend this collection!
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Archie Randolph Ammons was born outside Whiteville, North Carolina, on February 18, 1926. He started writing poetry aboard a U. S. Navy destroyer escort in the South Pacific. After completing service in World War II, he attended Wake Forest University and the University of California at Berkeley.

His honors included the Academy's Wallace Stevens Award, the Poetry Society of America's Robert Frost M
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“The reeds give
way to the

wind and give
the wind away”
“It was May before my
attention came
to spring and

my word I said
to the southern slopes

missed it, it
came and went before
I got right to see:

don't worry, said the mountain,
try the later northern slopes
or if

you can climb, climb
into spring: but
said the mountain

it's not that way
with all things, some
that go are gone”
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