A. R. Ammons – If we ask a vague…

If we ask a vague question, such as, ‘What is poetry?’ we expect a vague…


“If we ask a vague question, such as, ‘What is poetry?’ we expect a vague answer, such as, ‘Poetry is the music of words,’ or ‘Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.'”
-A. R. Ammons

A. R. Ammons – Besides the actual reading in…

Besides the actual reading in class of many poems, I would suggest you do two…


“Besides the actual reading in class of many poems, I would suggest you do two things: first, while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it, teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition.”
-A. R. Ammons

A. R. Ammons – Even if you walk exactly…

Even if you walk exactly the same route each time – as with a sonnet – the…


“Even if you walk exactly the same route each time – as with a sonnet – the events along the route cannot be imagined to be the same from day to day, as the poet’s health, sight, his anticipations, moods, fears, thoughts cannot be the same.”
-A. R. Ammons