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Americana: and Other Poems

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  73 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
John Updike's first collection of verse since his Collected Poems, 1953-1993 brings together fifty-eight poems, three of them of considerable length. The four sections take up, in order: America, its cities and airplanes; the poet's life, his childhood, birthdays, and ailments; foreign travel, to Europe and the tropics; and, beginning with the long "Song of Myself," daily ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published May 15th 2001 by Knopf
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Johnvano
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Best poems in the collection:
Atlanta-Dallas/Fort Worth, 11:10 P.M.
Bad Night in New York State
Near Clifton, Perhaps
Before the Mirror
A Wound Posthumously Inflicted
Marine Hotel, North Berwick, Scotland, May 1998
Venetian Candy
Saying Goodbye to Very Young Children
A Sound Heard Early on the Morning of Christ's Nativity
Ashleigh
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2013
I'm really not a big fan of poetry, I always find it's hit-and-miss with my tastes and with this one; I felt it was a good balance of those I just clicked with and those I didn't. The book is divided up in to four sections and they relate around, in order: America, its cities and aeroplanes; the poet's life, his childhood, birthdays, and ailments; foreign travel, to Europe and the tropics; and, beginning with the long Song of Myself, daily life, its furniture and consolations. It's a really full ...more
Morgan
Sep 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
On the back of this book, Jay Parnini says "His poems reveal a fine intellect, as one might expect; they are genial, sophisticated ..."

I think Jay Parnini was more or less right, but this is exactly why I got very little out of these poems. Intellectual and clever, lots of five-dollar words, but for the most part very little heart and very little that I could latch onto. I could objectively appreciate the skill that went into crafting the poems; subjectively, they left me cold.
Nan
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
No one can claim that John Updike doesn't know his way around words. This collection of his poetry is a skillful and wondrous reflection of America, traveling, growing up and growing older. My favorites: "Island Cities", "Religious Consolation", and "Saying Good-bye to Young Children".
Emily
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Emily by: Bob H. (sort of. Updike recommended generally.)
Shelves: poetry
Sat down to read a couple of poems to see what I thought. Next thing I knew, I was finished with the book. Loved. It. Somehow, unlike with most poetry collections, I found I could relate to almost every single one.
Kathryn Salek
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
Not one of my top poetry picks. I liked the style, flow and imagery, but not the content of the poems.
Martin
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant
Amanda
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I've known Updike's work as a short story writer. I was mildly surprised at his poetic capabilities.
Sari Zweig
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is collection of American poems. These poems are written well by Updike. They are modern type poems.

There were no illustrations.
Brandon Montgomery
Feb 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017
loaded with Bourgeois-ish WASP-ish superficiality and contempt for people not named John Updike.
ems
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: aмерика, poetry
wonderful lines about a specific american experience that isn't very interesting to me.
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John Hoyer Updike was an American writer. Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and Rabbit Remembered). Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest both won Pulitzer Prizes for Updike. Describing his subject as "the American small town, Protestant middle class," Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, havin ...more
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