Monday, October 03, 2005

Rule 1: you can be kinda old and still write one of the best American poems of the year.

A. R. Ammons was born in 1926, according to the dreaded notes at the back of The Best American Poetry 2005, which makes him almost 80. Or it would make him almost 80, except that Archie died in 2001.

So the actual rule is: you can have been dead for some years and still write one of the best American poems of the year.

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