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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  69 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
A superb long poem by the contemporary master of the form, Glare comprises two sections, "Strip" and "Scat Scan." The poem demonstrates, yet again, why A. R. Ammons's poetic voice is a national treasure: by turns cosmic, self-inflating, self-deflating, eloquent, intimate, bawdy, comic, precise—and always unmistakably his own.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 17th 1998 by W. W. Norton Company (first published 1997)
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Ela Harrison

Slippery masterful use both of language sounds and of transformative word associations. He uses this sometimes to intense focusing effect; other times just flippantly. The juxtaposition of an underlying humorous tone with serious or profound moments throws me often. He definitely plays with the reader; definitely presents himself as a somewhat repulsive old man, world-weary in a seen-it-all, chauvinistic kind of way... And then the mood turns again, to remind that the latter is just one persona.
Mar 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Hard to say why I like and dislike Ammons. His style inspires me, though I can't always say that his poems are successful. There's excitement in his work, yet it doesn't really stay with me. Maybe it doesn't have to.
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
It's about 200 pages too long. One critic described the ticker-taped couplets as mechanically produced "sausages." Ammons, then, has produced a mountain of mystery meat which I wonder if anyone has ever bothered to digest fully
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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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