Archie Randolph Ammons
Archie Randolph Ammons Poems
- Poetics I look for the way things will turn out spiralling ...
- Autonomy I am living without you because of a terror, a ...
- The City Limits When you consider the radiance, that it does ...
- Small Song The reeds give way to the wind and give the wind ...
- Eyesight It was May before my attention came to spring and
- Still I said I will find what is lowly and put the roots of ...
- Called Into Play Fall fell: so that's it for the leaf ...
Archie Randolph Ammons was an American poet. He wrote about humanity's relationship to nature in alternately comic and solemn tones.
Ammons grew up on a tobacco farm near Whiteville, North Carolina, in the southeastern part of the state. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, stationed on board the U.S.S. Gunason, a battleship escort. After the war, Ammons attended Wake Forest University, majoring in biology.Graduating in 1949, he served as a principal and teacher at Hattaras Elementary School later that year and also married Phyllis Plumbo. He received an M.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1964, Ammons joined the ... more »
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I look for the way
things will turn
out spiralling from a center,
things will take to come forth in
so that the birch tree white
touched black at branches
will stand out
totally its apparent self:
I look for the forms
things want to come as
from what black wells of possibility,
how a thing will
not the shape on paper -- though
that, too -- but the
uninterfering means on paper:
not so much looking for the shape
as being available
to any shape that may be