Archie Randolph Ammons

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

Archie Randolph Ammons Poems

1. In View of the Fact 5/15/2015
2. Continuity 5/18/2015
3. Recovery 12/28/2015
4. Weathering 2/24/2014
5. Crowride 2/24/2014
6. The Confirmers 2/24/2014
7. When I Was Young The Silk 2/24/2014
8. Mule Song 2/24/2014
9. Greeting Verses 2/24/2014
10. Elegy For A Jet Pilot 2/24/2014
11. Corsons Inlet 2/24/2014
12. Identity 2/24/2014
13. Viable 2/24/2014
14. So I Said I Am Ezra 2/24/2014
15. Cut The Grass 2/24/2014
16. After Yesterday 2/24/2014
17. Rapids 2/24/2014
18. Clarity 2/24/2014
19. Their Sex Life 2/24/2014
20. Easter Morning 2/24/2014
21. Winter Scene 11/26/2014
22. Hymn 1/13/2003
23. In Memoriam Mae Noblitt 1/13/2003
24. Rivulose 1/13/2003
25. Rogue Elephant 1/13/2003
26. An Improvisation For Angular Momentum 1/13/2003
27. Design 1/13/2003
28. Gravelly Run 1/13/2003
29. Called Into Play 1/13/2003
30. Still 1/13/2003
31. Small Song 1/13/2003
32. Eyesight 1/13/2003
33. The City Limits 1/13/2003
34. Autonomy 12/19/2003
35. 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 ...

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Called Into Play

Fall fell: so that's it for the leaf poetry:
some flurries have whitened the edges of roads

and lawns: time for that, the snow stuff: &
turkeys and old St. Nick: where am I going to

find something to write about I haven't already
written away: I will have to stop short, look

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