|BROADSTONE BOOKS presents
A. R. AMMONS
THE NORTH CAROLINA POEMS
Edited and with a new Afterword by Alex Albright
A.R. Ammons (1926-2001) grew up on a subsistence farm near Whiteville, in Columbus
County. A 1948 graduate of Wake Forest College, he was for many years the Goldwin-Smith
Distinguished Professor of English and Poet in Residence at Cornell University. During his long and
distinguished career, he published 27 collections of poetry and received virtually every national award
available to poets, including two National Book Awards, the Wallace Stevens Award, the National
Book Critics Circle Award, the Library of Congress’ Bobbit National Prize, the Bollingen Prize, the
Ruth Lilly Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Academy of Arts
and Letters. In 1981, he was one of the original recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, better known
as the Genius Award. He was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2000.
Alex Albright, a Graham, North Carolina native, is an associate professor of English and director of
creative writing at East Carolina University. He was founding editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, for
which Ammons was staff poet from 1991-96.
"If you aren't familiar with one of the Old North State’s best-known poets, The North Carolina Poems
is a good introduction. If you do know Ammons’ work, Alex Albright’s fresh juxtapositions will give
you new perspectives. And if you know a North Carolinian, or any Southerner, who’s a long way from
home, by all means send them this book. The images and sounds, as potent as a whiff of barbecue, will
transport the wanderer home, for a time anyway."
"Archie—few who came to know him called him by any other name—said that this collection of his
poems, when it was first published in 1994, was ‘a literary makeover that feels like home.’ The poems
added to this new edition, like those in the first, include works which refer directly to places and
people the poet knew in North Carolina, but there are some which, poetically, simply feel like North
Carolina (no doubt that Southern voice, that attention to place, a yearning for home), and still others
which surely could have originated in any Carolina yard or woods or shore, though they came to
Archie in New Jersey or New York. The poet's sometimes idiosyncratic punctuation and spelling have
been retained: some poems end in colons, others with no end punctuation at all. But that’s all part of
the fun of reading the work of this playful and philosophical Tar Heel called by William Harmon ‘the
state’s greatest poet ever.’ But clearly, his poetry has transcended regional identity."
—Alex Albright, editor, from the Afterword
"[A] welcome new edition. While Albright highlights work set (or possible set) in North Carolina, he
gives us a selection that in virtually every other respect provides a representative cross-section of
Ammon's ouevre. The North Carolina Poems is an essential book for anyone interested in A. R.
—Robert West, North Carolina Literary Review, No. 20, 2011
|‘I'm constantly lonely, at least I think I am—
for North Carolina…hoping some day to be
better known there.’
—A.R. Ammons (1969)
Broadstone Books is delighted to return to
print this work by one of the most honored
American poets of the 20th century. The
poems included in this revised and
expanded edition of Ammons’s North
Carolina Poems span his poetic career.
Several were published after the original
edition appeared in 1994 and two have not
been previously collected.
Paperback, 144 pages
Publication Date: October 2010
|Praise for A. R. Ammons and The North Carolina Poems