ommateum


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ommateum

(ˌɒməˈtiːəm)
n
(Zoology) zoology obsolete the soft tissue of an insect's eye, excluding the lens
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Ammons's first book, Ommateum (1955), is particularly sensitive to this constant vulnerability, this risk confronting the self inside a potentially overwhelming world, when that self endeavors to speak.
Thus, Expressions of Sea Level, like Ommateum, must be read as a vacillating experiment--sinusoidal, profoundly unlevel--in self-assertion and-desertion.
In 1955 Ammons published Ommateum, his first book of poems, with Dorrance, a vanity press.
Berkeley in 1951, encouraging him to develop a "plan" (99) for the poems that would later make up his first collection, Ommateum.
In addition, Kirschten concentrates on Ammons's Ommateum and Dickey's The Eye-Beaters, Blood, Victory, Madness, and Buckhead and Mercy in an investigation of myth and religion.
Several poems evoke the kind of stark, elemental landscapes that Ammons had explored in Ommateum, including Stephen Stepanchev's "Lizard in the Sun" and Robert Hazel's "Death in Oregon.
Ammons followed a tip from Milton Kessler, whom he met at Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 1961, put off Williams by invoking commitments made there, and published his first book (apart from Ommateum, which was published by a vanity press) with Ohio State University Press in 1963.
Also, the "I said" of Ommateum continues on, often, as a mannerism--i.
send you my crazy-title 1955 book Ommateum if you want to see it: I'd like to know where I stand--if I stand--with this group.