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Brink Road

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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 un
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 17th 1997 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1996)
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Time and again I read one of the poems here, "The Clenched-Jaw School" and by poem's end I realize that my jaw is clenched, my shoulders are tense and I need to breathe deeply and calm down. I suspect the older I get, the more I'll get to appreciate Ammons and seek him out for comfort.
I'm really glad that I didn't read Ammons until now. As someone pointed out to me last summer, he seems to also have a special fascination with the colon, and I think if I'd known that, I wouldn't have written 90% of the poems I've developed in the last 3 years.

What I enjoy most about these poems is their particular brand of completeness. They are neither exhaustive/showy nor (for the most part) minimal - and yet, they do communicate (for the most part) a very clear, consistent sense of momentar
I have a good deal of Ammons, probably most of what's in print, yet this is my favorite. I'm not sure why. The long poem [Summer Place] is nice, but it's the other chunk of the book that has the short ones that gets to me. Just something about them I never tire of.

without knowing why, i stole this book from my high school library. it is an old friend.
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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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