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Books Like The City Limits by Archie Randolph Ammons | Suggesting Reading

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Garbage (1993), Ammons's book-length poem in eighteen chapters, is considered a modern masterpiece. It won the National Book Award in 1993.

A contemporary poet whose writings have often been compared to Ammons's is Pattiann Rogers. The best works of her career have been collected in the Song of the World Becoming: Poems, New and Collected, 1971-2001 (2001).

Critics considering Ammons's poetry usually draw a connection to the work of American poet Walt Whitman. Their styles are seldom similar, but both men share a common sensibility about the natural world. Whitman's masterpiece, Leaves of Grass, was published in 1855 and has been in print continuously since then.

Diane Ackerman writes long essays that combine ideas of nature and philosophy in much the same way that Ammons's poetry does. One of her most widely read and accessible books is A Natural History of the Senses (1990).

Much of Ammons's best nonfiction writing...

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