Archie Randolph Ammons
Archie Randolph Ammons Poems
- Autonomy I am living without you because of a terror, a ...
- Poetics I look for the way things will turn out spiralling ...
- Small Song The reeds give way to the wind and give the wind ...
- The City Limits When you consider the radiance, that it does ...
- 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 ...
- Design The drop seeps whole from boulder-lichen or ledge ...
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 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
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
I can't live