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Substantial Planes by A.R. Ammons

1.
Why do I write, and why do I read? I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately.

2.
Wonderment, I tell myself earlier this year, in my journal. Every time I arrive at a page, I bring with me questions. Every time I turn to the next, I leave with more.

3.
What does it mean to be kind?

4.
There’s a lot of work to be done. I could see the road a little bit now: where I have to go, what I have to do. Really it’s more like a shadow of an arrow, saying, There. Forward. But the path is there.

Substantial Planes
A.R. Ammons

It doesn’t
matter

to me
if

poems mean
nothing:

there’s no
floor

to the
universe

and yet
one

walks the
floor.

This is from The Really Short Poems of A. R. Ammons, published by W. W. Norton & Company, 1992.

Comments (3)

  • veronica uy

    welcome back. you were missed

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  • katelr23

    I love the ideas expressed in your writing and in the Ammons’ poem today. Your work here is always so encouraging, even as it explores at difficult questions. Thank you again for sharing.

    reply
  • This is exactly me today.

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