Who is A. R. AmmonsArchie Randolph Ammons (February 18, 1926 – February 25, 2001) was an American poet who won the annual National Book Award for Poetry in 1973 and 1993.
Contents Poetic themes Ammons wrote about humanity's relationship to nature in alternately comic and solemn tones. His poetry often addresses religious and philosophical matters and scenes involving nature, almost in a Transcendental fashion. According to reviewer Daniel Hoffman, his work "is founded on an implied Emersonian division of experience into Nature and the Soul," adding that it "sometimes consciously echo[es] famili...
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A. R. Ammons Poems
I know if I find you I will have to leave the earth and go on out
over the sea marshes and the brant in bays
and over the hills of tall hickory
and over the crater lakes and canyons ...
- Greeting Verses
What do I find right at the center of my interpersonal
relationships: a slightly dispersed but indisputably
tinctured core of brutality: go to the hospital
Motion's the dead giveaway,
eye catcher, the revealing risk:
the caterpillar sulls on the hot macadam
- Elegy For A Jet Pilot
The blast skims
over the string
of takeoff lights
An individual spider web
identifies a species: ...