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“Oracular, almost biblical at times, and as deeply embedded in the particulars of nature as the superb later poetry.”—John AshberyThis reissue of A. R. Ammons’s debut, published five decades ago in a rare edition, with its penetrating “Whitmanian chants . . . holds in it the mystery of his gradual development into a major American poet, who will be read by the most discerning until the last syllable of recorded time” (Harold Bloom).