Who is Archie Randolph Ammons

Archibald 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.

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] familiar lines from Emerson, Whitman and Dickinson."


Ammons grew up on a tobacco farm near Whiteville, North Carolina, in the southeastern part of the state. He served as a...
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Archie Randolph Ammons Poems

  • Winter Scene
    There is now not a single
    leaf on the cherry tree:
    except when the jay
    plummets in, lights, and, ...
  • Weathering
    A day without rain is like
    a day without sunshine

  • 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
  • Small Song
    The reeds give way to the wind
    and give the wind away.

  • The City Limits
    When you consider the radiance, that it does not withhold
    itself but pours its abundance without selection into every
    nook and cranny not overhung or hidden; when you consider
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High 6 Wind 6 Winter 5 Time 4 Rain 4 World 4 Away 4 Green 4 Grass 4 Place 4

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Kokeesachdeva: after yesterday afternoon's blue clouds and white rain the mockingbird in the backyard untied the drops from leaves and twigs with a long singing. ~ "after yesterday" -archie randolph ammons
Macleod_miss: february 16th is by archie randolph ammons. all of my poetry books have pancake poems around the 11th/12th so no pancake day poems today unfortunately. however, i couldn't pass up posting this poem with this stunning illustration. frann preston-gannon's illustrations are amazing!
Karl_evver: "matters having become not only small but critical" archie randolph ammons
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