Thursday, December 14, 2017

Friday Poem

Art and Environment
Edward Hessler

The New Yorker for December 4, 2017 has an essay about A. R. Ammons by critic Dan Chiasson, that includes a fun fact about Ammons.

After purchasing a roll of adding-machine tape Ammons went home and threaded it into his Underwood typewriter. He'd decided to write a poem of daily impressions. No revisions. When finished, Ammons titled the project "Tape for the Turn of the Century." It was about forty feet long and narrow, two inches wide.

Chiasson's essay includes a passage from this project about picking a Christmas tree which has in its middle a poem about snow.

Here is a poem by Ammons.

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