A.R. Ammons was born outside Whiteville, North Carolina in 1926. He authored nearly thirty collections of poetry, including Garbage (W. W. Norton, 1993), which won the National Book Award. He passed away in 2001 after a prolific career in which he collected an array of honors, including the Poetry Society of America’s Robert Frost Medal in 1994, a MacArthur Fellowship in 1981, and the Bollingen Prize in 1975.
A.R. Ammons, excerpt from Garbage. Copyright © 1993 by A. R. Ammons. Used by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
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