Set in Motion: Essays, Interviews, and Dialogues

Set in Motion: Essays, Interviews, and Dialogues

by A. R. Ammons, Zofia Burr

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Set in Motion collects for the first time the prose writings of A. R. Ammons, one of our most important and enduring contemporary poets. Hailed as a major force in American poetry by such redoubtable critics as Harold Bloom and Helen Vendler, Ammons has reflected upon the influences of luminaries like Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Frost, Stevens, and Williams while creating a compelling style and an artistic vision uniquely his own.
Set in Motion includes essays, reviews, and interviews as well as a selection of Ammons's poems, with commentary from the author about their inspiration and effects. He takes up the questions that have been central to American poetry over the last forty years and connects them to the larger enterprise of living in a difficult, changing world. At a moment when the arts are under attack, Ammons reminds us of the crucial role poetry plays in teaching us to recognize and use sources of understanding that are irreducible to statement.
A. R. Ammons is the author of Sphere, A Coast of Trees, and Garbage and was recently the editor of The Best American Poetry 1994. His awards include the MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, the Bollingen Prize, two National Book Awards, and prizes from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Book Critics Circle. He is Goldwin Smith Professor of Poetry, Cornell University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472022380
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Series: Poets On Poetry
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 136
File size: 217 KB

Table of Contents

Contents Editor's Introduction I. Notes Autobiographical Note Foreword to Ommateum A Note on Prosody A Note on Incongruence Note of Intent A Poem Is a Walk Surfaces Differences of Degree Taking Exception A Paragraph of Precedence Poetry Is Action I Couldn't Wait to Say the Word II. Interviews The Unassimilable Fact Leads Us On... An Interview Perversity, Propaganda, and Poetry The Paris Review Interview III. Poems and Comment Inside Out Motion Which Disestablishes Organizes Everything On Motion Which Disestablishes Organizes Everything Making Change Anxiety's Prosody On Anxiety's Prosody The Damned On The Damned On Garbage

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