Sphere: The Form of a Motion

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Sphere: The Form of a Motion

Sphere The Form of a Motion Sphere is the second of A R Ammons s long poems following Tape for the Turn of the Year and preceding Garbage that mark him as a master of this particular form The sphere in question is the earth itse

  • Title: Sphere: The Form of a Motion
  • Author: A.R. Ammons
  • ISBN: 9780393313109
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sphere is the second of A R Ammons s long poems following Tape for the Turn of the Year and preceding Garbage that mark him as a master of this particular form The sphere in question is the earth itself, and Ammons s wonderfully stocked mind roams globally, ruminating on subjects that range from galaxies to gas stations It is a remarkable achievement, comparable in impSphere is the second of A R Ammons s long poems following Tape for the Turn of the Year and preceding Garbage that mark him as a master of this particular form The sphere in question is the earth itself, and Ammons s wonderfully stocked mind roams globally, ruminating on subjects that range from galaxies to gas stations It is a remarkable achievement, comparable in importance to Wallace Stevens s Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction.

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    1. Wes on said:

      My most memorable experience about this book was when reading it while waiting at the bus stop. I met a guy who was also waiting for the bus to go home with his groceries. He had broken into his 12-pack of beer and I did not think that he was gonna make it home with any left. But, he fancied himself a barder. He grabbed my book, stood on the bench and belted out a few lines. Yes, poetry too is art.

    2. Greg Londe on said:

      Sick of the blustery Bloomian readings of Ammons as another great 20th century Emersonian, a couple of scholars have started to historicize his work. It's about time. This poem is the most literal proof, so far as I've read, that Ammons is THE poet of the American Cold War, with all the good and bad that this implies. This long, messy poem - inspired by the newly iconic globalism that was implied by the first photos of earth from space - is also Ammons trying to account for his literary celebrit [...]

    3. Matt on said:

      A massive, free-flowing poetic epic based on the Whitmanic concept of organic totality: Ammons is trying to encapsulate everything, the cosmos within and without. In three line connected stanzas.I read it out loud, in public, through the course of a day. An excellent way to read it, out loud and in private, as it happens.If someone asks, I'll forgo the usual third party interpretation and just post specifically selected selections from the text itself.

    4. Caitlin Conlon on said:

      DNF at 50%. I'll talk more about this in my sbooktober wrap-up, but I really just couldn't get into this. It was really trying my brain to read through such a dense collection of stream of consciousness thoughts.

    5. Christopher on said:

      Messy, meandering, the form of this long poem is almost more interesting than the content with its stilted jumps and spaces inbetween ":nothing is separate:" and it jumps to space and back to birds and tables and roadtrips to "numb nonchalance" and wonder.

    6. Matt on said:

      could give the top rating to almost anything he's written. This might be his toughest one - I actually didn't even finish it, though I suspect that's more my problem than his. Probably the most wide-ranging topically, relentless and dense.

    7. Alex on said:

      My favorite long poem by Ammons. Beautifully balanced between order and chaos, and profoundly dedicated to the perfectness of organic process.

    8. Amanda on said:

      Not as beautiful as Garbage, but still a radiant work from a profound yet humble poet.

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