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Identity

A.R. Ammons

1) An individual spider web
identifies a species:

an order of instinct prevails
	through all accidents of circumstance,
		though possibility is
high along the peripheries of
spider
			webs:
			you can go all
		around the fringing attachments

		and find
disorder ripe,
entropy rich, high levels of random,
	numerous occasions of accident:

2) the possible settings
of a web are infinite:

	how does
the spider keep
		identity
	while creating the web
	in a particular place?

	how and to what extent
		and by what modes of chemistry
		and control?

it is
wonderful
	how things work: I will tell you
			about it
			because

it is interesting
and because whatever is
moves in weeds
	and stars and spider webs
and known
			is loved:
		in that love,
		each of us knowing it,
		I love you,

for it moves within and beyond us,
		sizzles in
to winter grasses, darts and hangs with bumblebees
by summer windowsills:

			I will show you
the underlying that takes no image to itself,
	cannot be shown or said,
but weaves in and out of moons and bladderweeds,
			is all and
	beyond destruction
	because created fully in no
particular form:

			if the web were perfectly pre-set,
			the spider could
		never find
		a perfect place to set it in: and

			if the web were
perfectly adaptable,
if freedom and possibility were without limit,
			the web would
lose its special identity:

	the row-strung garden web
keeps order at the center
where space is freest (intersecting that the freest
		"medium" should
		accept the firmest order)

and that
order
			diminishes toward the
periphery
	allowing at the points of contact
		entropy equal to entropy.



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