ADDED FEATURE: SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 7:30 AM: The Ammons Breakfast Circle
AN INVITATION FROM POET JOHN YORK (’77):
I would like to invite students, faculty, and alumni to an informal Archie Ammons celebration—people who knew Archie when he came to Wake while on sabbatical from Cornell (1974-75), students who were in his poetry workshops, folks who would like to get to know his work better. Let’s sit in a circle and share Archie’s poems—bring your favorite short poem, one per person, please; our poems, inspired by his work; or anecdotal remembrance of his time among us. Do you remember the Wednesday afternoon reading where he announced that he had discovered a “found poem,” while driving over the hill from Reynolda Road to campus? Or the gray autumn day he looked out a classroom window and told us how to “make it new”? Or the difference between a poet and a “flash in the pan”? Let’s go around the circle until we run out of things to say, or discover that we need to find a way to keep the conversation going.
The Ammons Breakfast Circle will meet starting at 7:30 am (or as folks gather) in Room 409, Benson Student Center. The WA2! Continental Breakfast will available beginning at 7:30 am in 401-A Benson (just down the hall).
COME CELEBRATE ARCHIE AMMONS, HIS WORDS AND SPIRIT
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