Archie Randolph Ammons (18 February 1926 – 25 February 2001 / Whiteville, North Carolina)
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.
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- An Improvisation For Angular Momentum
- Called Into Play
- Gravelly Run
- In Memoriam Mae Noblitt
- Rogue Elephant
- Small Song
- The City Limits
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no arranged terror: no forcing of image, plan,Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Corsons Inlet (l. 114-118). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'...
no propaganda, no humbling of reality to precept:
terror pervades but is not arranged, all possibilities
risk is full: every living thing inArchie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Corsons Inlet (l. 70-74). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Cl...
siege: the demand is life, to keep life: the small
white blacklegged egret, how beautiful, quietly stalks and spears
the shallows, darts to sho...
''I have reached no conclusions, have erected no boundaries,Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Corsons Inlet (l. 41-44). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Cl...
shutting out and shutting in, separating inside
from outside: I have
drawn no lines:''
''the possibility of rule as the sum of rulelessness:''Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Corsons Inlet (l. 92). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair...
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