Archie Randolph Ammons Quotes

no arranged terror: no forcing of image, plan, or thought: no propaganda, no humbling of reality to precept: terror pervades but is not arranged, all possibilities of escape open: no route shut,
Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Corsons Inlet (l. 114-118). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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risk is full: every living thing in siege: the demand is life, to keep life: the small white blacklegged egret, how beautiful, quietly stalks and spears the shallows, darts to shore to stab—
Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Corsons Inlet (l. 70-74). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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I have reached no conclusions, have erected no boundaries, shutting out and shutting in, separating inside from outside: I have drawn no lines:
Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Corsons Inlet (l. 41-44). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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the possibility of rule as the sum of rulelessness:
Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Corsons Inlet (l. 92). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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but Overall is beyond me: is the sum of these events I cannot draw, the ledger I cannot keep, the accounting beyond the account:
Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Corsons Inlet (l. 30-32). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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the walk liberating, I was released from forms, from the perpendiculars, straight lines, blocks, boxes, binds of thought into the hues, shadings, rises, flowing bends and blends of sight:
Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Corsons Inlet (l. 13-18). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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to fasten into order enlarging grasps of disorder, widening scope, but enjoying the freedom that Scope eludes my grasp, that there is no finality of vision, that I have perceived nothing completely, that tomorrow a new walk is a new walk.
Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Corsons Inlet (l. 124-128). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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The wonderful workings of the world: wonderful, wonderful: I'm surprised half the time:
Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Cut the Grass (l. 1-2). . . Harper Anthology of Poetry, The. John Frederick Nims, ed. (1981) Harper & Row.
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the ocean, multiple to a blinding oneness
Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Cut the Grass (l. 14-15). . . Harper Anthology of Poetry, The. John Frederick Nims, ed. (1981) Harper & Row.
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only total expression expresses hiding: I'll have to say everything to take on the roundness and withdrawal of the deep dark: less than total is a bucketful of radiant toys.
Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Cut the Grass (l. 15-18). . . Harper Anthology of Poetry, The. John Frederick Nims, ed. (1981) Harper & Row.
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