Living Poetry Society Book Club: North Carolina poet, A.R. Ammons

This month we read the collection, Really Short Poems of A.R. Ammons, a North Carolina poet. A.R. Ammons [masked]) was born near Whiteville, North Carolina, and his experiences growing up on a cotton and tobacco farm during the Great Depression inspired a great deal of the poet's work. Ammons wrote his first poems while serving aboard a Navy destroyer during World War II. He won the Bollingen, the National Book Award (twice), the Frost Medal, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Ruth Lilly Prize, and one of the first MacArthur Fellowships.

The book is available at the public libraries in Chapel Hill and Durham as well as the UNC Davis Library. After June, the book club goes on summer hiatus. Check out the full list of 2013 Book Club Selections on the message board.

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  • Chris

    A great poetry book club, as always!

    Here is a link to AR reading "Still."­

    1 · June 12, 2013

  • Angelika

    It was a great discussion with Chris, David and Gail (welcome to NC again!)... we read so many poems... some we were conflicted about, many we loved. Ammons is an inspiring writer!

    June 11, 2013

  • Pamela

    Sorry change in plans.

    June 9, 2013

  • Chris

    Still waiting for my copy of this book. If I get it in time I will be there.

    May 26, 2013

  • gail g.

    looking forward to being a north carolinian poet!

    May 22, 2013

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