Archie Randolph Ammons | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Robert B. Shaw

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Archie Randolph Ammons.
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Critical Review by Robert B. Shaw

SOURCE: "From A to Y," in Poetry, Vol. CLXIV, No. 2, May, 1994, pp. 97-107.

In the following excerpt, Shaw offers a mixed review of Garbage.

We have landfill to thank for A. R. Ammons's latest book-length poem. The sight of a huge mound of refuse beside I-95 in Florida was the epiphany that spurred him to this effort; like the garbage heap that fostered it, the resulting poem is imposing, at once anarchic and subject to a degree of formal design. It is also, fortunately, a lot more appealing. There is no question that you would rather read about the place as described by Ammons than be there. More than most poets, he knows what can be made of what others discard or overlook, reminding us how "anything / thrown out to the chickens will be ground fine...

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