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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
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 17th 1997 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1996)
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Mads
Jul 27, 2007 Mads rated it really liked it
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.
Rae
Aug 21, 2009 Rae rated it really liked it
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
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Tom Falcone
Oct 14, 2015 Tom Falcone rated it it was amazing
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I was going to to give this collection 4 stars, but then I read summer place, which is my all time favorite poem and exactly the kind of thing I wish I had written. So, that poem earned the entire collection an extra star.
Isabel
Oct 24, 2015 Isabel rated it it was amazing
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A beautiful collection of poetry by this two-time winning poet of the National Book Award! Some of Ammons' most emotional, wistful, loving, and sharp poetic work written toward the last years of his life. The poem, "Loving People," would seem to, alone, be worth the price of this book! He was interviewed by me during his professorship at Cornell University and, in our interview, he reads his poems live from Brink Road. If this interview interests you, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch? ...more
Matt
Nov 01, 2007 Matt rated it it was amazing
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.

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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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“I’ve pressed so
far away from
my desire that

if you asked
me what I
want I would,

accepting the harmonious
completion of the
drift, say annihilation,

probably.”
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