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. Rapids 2/24/2014
15. Clarity 2/24/2014
16. Their Sex Life 2/24/2014
17. Easter Morning 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. Autonomy 12/19/2003
32. 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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In Memoriam Mae Noblitt

This is just a place:
we go around, distanced,
yearly in a star's

atmosphere, turning
daily into and out of
direct light and

slanting through the

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