"Even if you walk exactly the same route each time - as with a sonnet - the events along the route cannot be imagined to be the same from day to day, as the poet's health, sight, his anticipations, moods, fears, thoughts cannot be the same."
"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."A. R. Ammons on Buddha
"The wish for healing has always been half of health."A. R. Ammons on Lucius Annaeus Seneca
"A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier."A. R. Ammons on Tom Stoppard
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."A. R. Ammons on John Muir
"'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes."A. R. Ammons on Henry David Thoreau
"Is it not careless to become too local when there are four hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone."
"Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience."
"If we ask a vague question, such as, 'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer, such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,' or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.'"
"Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value, though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values."
"I am grateful for - though I can't keep up with - the flood of articles, theses, and textbooks that mean to share insight concerning the nature of poetry."