Archie Randolph Ammons

Archie Randolph Ammons was an American poet who won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1973 and again twenty years later in 1993. He wrote about humanity’s realtionship to nature, often taking a comic tone and juxtaposing it against a solemn one. His poetry has been compared to Walt Whitman’s and Emily Dickinson’s.


‘Coward’ by A.R. Ammons is a very short poem that speaks about bravery and asks the reader to analyze the truth of a single statement. 

The City Limits

‘The City Limits’ by A.R. Ammons is a powerful poem about nature. In it, the speaker supports spending more time in the natural world versus time in industrialized city centers. 

Their Sex Life

‘Their Sex Life’ by A. R. Ammons is short in structure but complex in its poetic range. This poem explores the modern relationship and sexuality.