Archie Randolph Ammons (A.R. Ammons) was born outside Whiteville, North Carolina, in 1926, and began writing poetry while serving aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer escort in the South Pacific. Following his service in World War II, he attended Wake Forest University, taking advantage of the recently-established G.I. Bill. He then worked a series of jobs, ranging from real estate salesman to an executive in his father's glass company before he began teaching at Cornell University in 1964. Ammons is the author of nearly thirty books of poetry, including Glare (W. W. Norton, 1997); Garbage (1993), which won the National Book Award and the Library of Congress's Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry; A Coast of Trees (1981), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry; Sphere (1974), which received the Bollingen Prize; and Collected Poems 1951-1971 (1972), which won the National Book Award. His many other honors include the Academy's Tanning Prize, the Poetry Society of America's Robert Frost Medal and the Ruth Lilly Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Ithaca, New York, where since 1971 he has served as the Goldwin Smith Professor of Poetry at Cornell. [ Click to Order Ammon's Selected Poems ($) ]
Links of Interest:
A.R. Ammons Home Page
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Archie by David Lehman
An article that originally appeared in the Summer 1998 issue of American Poet, the quarterly journal of The Academy of American Poets.