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November 22, 2010

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David, BAP, thx for that.
I like "Play" ... ruin's not compromised by magnificence. I heard it on http://www.poetryfoundation.org/journal/audioitem.html?id=2068

Here is the whole poem:

Play

By A. R. Ammons


Nothing's going to become of anyone
except death:
therefore: it's okay
to yearn
too high:
the grave accommodates
swell rambunctiousness &

ruin's not
compromised by magnificence:

the cut-off point
liberates us to the
common disaster: so
pick a perch --
apple bough for example in bloom --
tune up
and if you like

drill imagination right through necessity:
it's all right:
it's been taken care of:

is allowed

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