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Chief Works A casual verse anthem to the dynamics of nature, "The City Limit" (1971) demonstrates Ammons'  ability to match an emotion with reality. In a straightforward rhetoric achieved through five parallel  adverb clauses and an answer begun at the end of line 14, the poet observes the rightness of  nature. Robustly assertive, he imposes a rigid graphic discipline on observations of a power he  names "the radiance." The resultant equilibrium between natural cycles of decay and reemergence  offsets a fear wrought by "the glow-blue / bodies and gold-skeined wings of flies swarming the  dumped / guts of a natural slaughter." Beyond the haphazard urban "coil of shit" that defines "the city  limits," his facile creation of glory out of garbage leads naturally to the "May bushes" and a restrained  praise for order. Critics declare Ammons' concept of God a form of visionary romanticism. Combining loss with 
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