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. Rivulose 1/13/2003
11. Elegy For A Jet Pilot 2/24/2014
12. Corsons Inlet 2/24/2014
13. Identity 2/24/2014
14. Viable 2/24/2014
15. So I Said I Am Ezra 2/24/2014
16. Cut The Grass 2/24/2014
17. In Memoriam Mae Noblitt 1/13/2003
18. After Yesterday 2/24/2014
19. Rapids 2/24/2014
20. Clarity 2/24/2014
21. Their Sex Life 2/24/2014
22. Hymn 1/13/2003
23. Rogue Elephant 1/13/2003
24. Called Into Play 1/13/2003
25. Gravelly Run 1/13/2003
26. Easter Morning 2/24/2014
27. An Improvisation For Angular Momentum 1/13/2003
28. Design 1/13/2003
29. Still 1/13/2003
30. Eyesight 1/13/2003
31. Small Song 1/13/2003
32. Winter Scene 11/26/2014
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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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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