Archie Randolph Ammons

(18 February 1926 – 25 February 2001 / Whiteville, North Carolina)

Archie Randolph Ammons Poems

1. In View of the Fact -new- 5/15/2015
2. Continuity -new- 5/18/2015
3. Weathering 2/24/2014
4. Crowride 2/24/2014
5. The Confirmers 2/24/2014
6. When I Was Young The Silk 2/24/2014
7. Mule Song 2/24/2014
8. Greeting Verses 2/24/2014
9. Elegy For A Jet Pilot 2/24/2014
10. Corsons Inlet 2/24/2014
11. Identity 2/24/2014
12. Viable 2/24/2014
13. So I Said I Am Ezra 2/24/2014
14. Cut The Grass 2/24/2014
15. After Yesterday 2/24/2014
16. Clarity 2/24/2014
17. Their Sex Life 2/24/2014
18. Easter Morning 2/24/2014
19. Rapids 2/24/2014
20. Winter Scene 11/26/2014
21. Hymn 1/13/2003
22. In Memoriam Mae Noblitt 1/13/2003
23. An Improvisation For Angular Momentum 1/13/2003
24. Design 1/13/2003
25. Rivulose 1/13/2003
26. Rogue Elephant 1/13/2003
27. Called Into Play 1/13/2003
28. Gravelly Run 1/13/2003
29. Still 1/13/2003
30. Small Song 1/13/2003
31. Eyesight 1/13/2003
32. The City Limits 1/13/2003
33. Autonomy 12/19/2003
34. Poetics 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Archie Randolph Ammons

Poetics

I look for the way
things will turn
out spiralling from a center,
the shape
things will take to come forth in

so that the birch tree white
touched black at branches
will stand out
wind-glittering
totally its apparent self:

I look for the forms
things want to come as

from what black wells of possibility,
how a thing will
unfold:

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
summoning ...

Read the full of Poetics

Still

I said I will find what is lowly
and put the roots of my identity
down there:
each day I'll wake up
and find the lowly nearby,
a handy focus and reminder,
a ready measure of my significance,
the voice by which I would be heard,
the wills, the kinds of selfishness

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