Basura y otros poemas by A. R. Ammons

By A. R. Ammons

A. R. Ammons es uno de los mayores poeta s anglosajones del siglo XX. Harold Bloom lo considera uno de los últimos canónicos. Para presentarlo al lector español, hemos elegido su obra más ambiciosa, un largo poema similar a Canto a mi mismo de Whitman, los Cuatro cuartetos de Eliot o a Notas para una ficción suprema de Wallace Stevens. Basura es un poema sobre los angeles materia, sobre los angeles realidad del cosmos que formamos hombres, animales y partículas. Algunos críticos lo han definido como «una épica de las ideas». Y eso es precisamente este libro: l. a. última épica posible. Además del largo poema titulado #Basura#, se incluyen también otros poemas breves, representativos del extraordinario arte de Ammons.

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One world: Poland, in ho-hum infant Dad, Vietnam black in his ribs, & twilight Detroit for brains, empty in empty. Moneystung, bummer daughters: he held out. Built pressboard desks in jail. Eight years, etc. A serious chime from some casino ( 33 ) lit an old light, and he fought us, fought cops, gave up for cash— a flux what seeks the dark, as a murmur of words, come tumbling. Released, he seemed old, not good-old, not mean-old, we joked. He knew the way back, fake gun, new note, mystery especially: at hand, mystery, in the parking lot at a party store, mystery.

So Lenin planned for bombs. Allowed for elimination dances. The paralyzing horror which is the backcloth of our age is here made visible. ( 48 ) So we stopped making up stories of how our horror was salvation and just lived it. ((( While Russolo made the organ sound like traffic. What instrument is the descendant of a weapon, he said. Is this a joke? Arp’s faithless reliefs bore down on us from the walls like no art in history, upon which we spat as if heaven stank more than our malty flesh and this dance floor, crumbling.

24 ) Mars Black i. Gold Winter. I seem to remember your black eyes, see, it would be fine if I never know you. Two straps on the back of a truck go after me like arms. As splendor is too often soft. ii. Tired of Designing Cereal Boxes. A year goes by and there you are. The man in the next car says don’t take me to the hospital. Goddamn most everything, goddamn us right up the middle— aches of teeth and the hate spot in my chest; I saw it my way and died there. iii. Understand: I listened to your recording.

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