Archie Randolph Ammons

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

Archie Randolph Ammons Poems

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

Autonomy

I am living without you because
of a terror, a farfetched
notion that I
can't live without you

which I must narrow down & quell,
for how can I live
worthy of you, in the
freedom of you limber engagements,

in the casual uptakes of your
sweetest compliances
if stricken in your presence
by what your absence stills:

to have you, I school myself
to let you go; how terrible
to buy that absence
before the fragrance of any presence comes:

but though I am living without
you, surely
I can't live
without ...

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Design

The drop seeps whole
from boulder-lichen
or ledge moss and drops,

joining, to trickle,
run, fall, dash,
sprawl in held deeps,

to rush shallows, spill
thin through heights,
but then, edging,

to eddy aside, nothing
of all but nothing's
curl of motion spent.

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