i like ARCHIE AMMONS a lot.

archie ammons is a dead guy who used to write poems.  he doesn’t write poems anymore because he can’t move his limbs and i think he probably doesn’t have a mind anymore either.  but when he was alive and still writing poems, he wrote book length poems, usually with each sentence separated by a colon.  of his books, i have read, ‘Glare,’ ‘Tape for the Turn of the Year,’ ‘Garbage,’ ‘Bosh and Flapdoodle,’ ‘Sphere,’ ‘Ommateaum with Doxology’ and i think one other called something like ‘the northcarolina poems.’  he wrote on receipt paper scrolls using a typewriter.  he did that because he wanted the experience of writing to seem unimportant.  i remember reading something about how when he went on a drive to another state, he unrolled the receipt scroll for his current project and took it with him because he was afraid his house would burn down while he was gone.  i understand being that paranoid but it’s usually over something like, a drawing of a horse on fire eating bacon or something unimportant.

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December 7th, 2008 / 5:43 pm