Glare by A. R. Ammons

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"Glare is a high-energy, relentlessly self-aware collision with the whole of life."—Albert Mobilio, Salon

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.
 

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Archie Randolph Ammons, 1926 - Poet and teacher A. R. Ammons was born in North Carolina in 1926. He served his country during World War II aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer escort in the South Pacific, which is where he began writing poetry. After he returned from duty, he attended Wake Forest College, North Carolina and the University of California, Berkley. He began teaching at Cornell University in 1964 and, in 1971, became a Goldwin Smith Professor of Poetry there. Ammons has authored nearly 30 books of poetry and some of those titles include "Garbage" (1993), which won the National Book Award and the Library of Congress's Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry; "A Coast of Trees" (1981), which received the national Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry; "Sphere" (1974), which received the Bollingen Prize; and "Collected Poems 1951-1971" (1972), which won the National Book Award. Other honors include the Academy's Tanning Prize, the Poetry Society of America's Robert Frost Medal and the Ruth Lilly Prize. He has also received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Archie Randolph Ammons died on February 25, 2001.
 
Published January 1, 1997 by W.W. Norton & Company Inc. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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the simian ancestries,/ the lapses and leaps, the discovery// of life in the burial of grains."" But what we are subsequently offered is a glorification of the quotidian, bathroom ruminations on snot and other bodily secretions mixed with some curmudgeonly observations on the quest for truth: ""w...

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