Called Into Play by A. R. Ammons

Called Into Play

Fall fell: so that’s it for the leaf poetry:
some flurries have whitened the edges of roads

and lawns: time for that, the snow stuff: &
turkeys and old St. Nick: where am I going to

find something to write about I haven’t already
written away: I will have to stop short, look

down, look up, look close, think, think, think:
but in what range should I think: should I

figure colors and outlines, given forms, say
mailboxes, or should I try to plumb what is

behind what and what behind that, deep down
where the surface has lost its semblance: or

should I think personally, such as, this week
seems to have been crafted in hell: what: is

something going on: something besides this
diddledeediddle everyday matter of fact: I

could draw up an ancient memory which would
wipe this whole presence away: or I could fill

out my dreams with high syntheses turned into
concrete visionary forms: Lucre could lust

for Luster: bad angels could roar out of perdition
and kill the AIDS vaccine not quite

perfected yet: the gods could get down on
each other; the big gods could fly in from

nebulae unknown: but I’m only me: I have 4
interests–money, poetry, sex, death: I guess

I can jostle those. . .

A. R. Ammons 1926-2001

A. R. Ammons
Born: 18 February 1926, North Carolina, USA
Nationality: American
Died: 21 February 2001, New York, USA

Ammons was a poet and winner of the Annual Book Award for Poetry in 1973 and 1993. He wrote about humanity’s relationship to the natural world in both comic and solemn tones. Ammons’ poetry uses religious and philosophical ideas with natural scenes in a transcendental fashion