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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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Jul 27, 2007 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.
Sep 13, 2015 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, after our interview, he reads his poems live from Brink Road. If this interview would interest you, please visit: ...more
Oct 30, 2007 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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Oct 09, 2015 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.
Jun 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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,

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