a.r. ammons

A.R. Ammons on Masculinity, Sex pt. 2

from Sphere: The Form of a Motion


this works in the bedrock, too, or undifferentiated gas:
one feels up the two legs of the possibility and, ever
tightening and steered, rises to the crux, to find

there the whole mystery, the lush squeeze, the centering
and prolongation: so much so that the final stone
never locks the peak but inlet: outlet opens unfolding

into nothingness’s complete possibility, the strangling
through into the darkness of futurity: it is hard at this
point to avoid some feeling, however abstract the circumstance:

if one can get far enough this way where imagination
and flesh strive together in shocking splendors, one can
forget that sensibility is sometimes dissociated and come:

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January 24th, 2011 / 9:37 pm

A.R. Ammons on Masculinity, Sex

from Sphere: The Form of a  Motion (1974)


The sexual basis of all things rare is really apparent
and fools crop up where angels are mere disguises:
a penetrating eye (insight), a penetrating tongue (ah),

a penetrating penis and withal a penetrating mind,
integration’s consummation: a com- or intermingling of parts,
heterocosm joyous, opposite motions away and toward

along a common line, the in-depth knowledge (a dilly),
the concentration and projection (firmly energized) and
the ecstasy, the pay off, the play out, the expended

nexus nodding, the flurry, cell spray, finish, the
haploid hungering after the diploid condition: the reconciler
of opposites, commencement, proliferation, ontogeny:

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January 23rd, 2011 / 6:10 pm



“where i came from it

wouldn’t be smart to talk about art:

talk about sawing logs or getting

the swamp hogs up or worming tobacco

or gutting ditches would be a lot

safer: when in Rome: don’t try to

get the Romans to do what you do.”

(from the poem GLARE)

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September 3rd, 2009 / 11:42 pm