SPHERE 79 pages. Norton. $6.95 hardcover;
COLLECTED POEMS 1951-1971 396 pages. Norton. $12.50. Both by A.R. AMMONS
He is neither polemical, esoteric, alienated nor even suicidal. Yet A.R. ("Archie") Ammons has belatedly emerged as a poet of major stature. Given the present state of poetry, that is not an all-out accolade. Yet at his best, Ammons is a poet who finds high images in the familiar. He celebrates earthworms and maggot flies, the trackless ocean and flooding brooks, and sees them all as shapers of a higher order, an order of diversity and...