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I'm looking backward and foreward simultaneously. Yesterday was the start of spring, March 20, a brilliant, sunny day — my last of classes. Today is cloudy and cold, the start of finals, and while I'm looking forward now to spring, I'm reviewing an entire winter's worth of work. So it goes here.

So what am I to make of this "one-step-forward, two-step-back" season? Seeing as T. S. Eliot says "April is the cruelest month," only A. R. Ammons's


 · 'Am I coming through all right? -- A. R. Ammons ·     It was May before my

attention came

to spring and

my word I said
to the southern slopes

missed it, it
came and went before
I got right to see:

don't worry, said the mountain,
try the later northern slopes
or if

you can climb, climb
into spring: but
said the mountain

it's not that way
with all things, some
that go are gone

I know here that June will always go with spring. Summer, anyone?


"Eyesight"? More like "I sight," I think, but nicely phrased.

Tell us about Ammons?

Posted by loretta Markle on March 22, 2006 04:07 PM

"I, Eye, Aye," says Kenneth Burke. Click on that photograph above.

Posted by
Styles on March 22, 2006 05:07 PM

Can't find any recent posts here; where are you?

Posted by Tracy on April 13, 2006 10:57 AM

Tracy, as in "Four-Pages" Tracy W?

If that's so, I'm into spring rites waiting for Thoreauvian friends with some real feathered quills to appreciate southern-clime posts.

How's that for Trope-Topic detachment?

Posted by Styles on April 13, 2006 01:13 PM

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