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Garbage: A Poem Paperback – 11 Feb 2003

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; New Ed edition (11 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393324117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393324112
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

A. R. Ammons's (1926-2001) honors include the National Book Award (twice), the National Book Critics Circle Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, the Frost Medal, and the Bollingen Prize.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What we need to hear... 13 Feb. 2012
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Garbage is spiritual. Really, I'm serious. Don't believe me? Read A.R. Ammons's epic poem. I'm positive that he will convince you. He uses Garbage as a metaphor for finding meaning and beauty in all of life, especially those things that are seemingly meaningless. Garbage is the message we need to hear in today's world of self-fufilment. Humanity is just one part of the larger reality that we live in. This work is utterly provocative and unrelenting in its pursuit of the total affirmation of existence.
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage. 12 Feb. 2016
By Bartleby (scrivner) - Published on Amazon.com
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Exactly that, garbage. Not a good indication of the wonderful poems he can write.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the century's top 3 18 Mar. 2002
By Kemel Zaldivar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In terms of importance and pleasure--perhaps the only meaningful qualities of verse--Garbage is right up there with Harmonium and the Four Quartets. I can think of no other books last century which have had such a profound effect on the art than the aforementioned books of Stevens and Eliot. Garbage is sure to have such an effect for 21st century poets. It has completely transformed my poetry; I can no longer write in a stilted and affected voice. What's more, it has provided me days upon days of intellectual pleasure.
The Ammons line is something totally unprecedented in poetry. Tentative, flippant, musical, supple and tough:
...Mike, the young
kid who does things for us, cut down the
thrift with his weedeater, those little white
flowers more like weedsize more than likely:
sometimes called cliff rose: also got the grass
out of the front ditch now too wet to mow, slashed:
the dispositional axis is not supreme (how tedious)
and not a fiction (how clever) but plain (greatness
flows through the lowly) and a fact (like as not)
Ultimately it is poets who decide which poet achieves greatness and which poet is forgotten. I believe Ammons will influence the coming generation of poets more than anyone else will, and Garbage is sure to play a starring role in this influence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who could trash this??? 31 Dec. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think it's fantastic that Norton has reissued Garbage. It and the earlier Tape for the Turn of the Year are great examples of how the long poem can still be a fun, engaging, page-turner of a genre. Ammons was a crackerjack writer and he is at his best in Garbage. It starts off with an audacious premise - that garbage is a worthy subject for epic poetry. But, the next thing you know, Ammons is making you a believer with his astounding lyricism and exuberance. He then turns his romanticized trash heap into a springboard for a engaging discussion of life, art and the question of what is permanent. Garbage is bursting at the seams with Ammons' wry humor, old-fashioned homespun wisdom and refreshingly self-deprecating honesty about the befuddlement of the human condition. A hoot to read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book of Poetry! 20 Nov. 2005
By J. K. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Garbage by A.R. Ammons reads--almost--like stream-of-consciousness writing, except that it really consists of well-structured, paired lines that take us,with the poet, on a journey through the junk that permeates not only our world but also our minds, hearts, and consciences. As an older reader (and English teacher for almost 30 years), I identify strongly with much that he says. And I like his unpretentious, but strong use of language. Ammons was a brilliant man with much insight. For those readers who say his book of poetry is junk, I invite them to take another look and read again each section. I am ordering this book today after borrowing a copy from a friend.
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