A congeries

Thus the city I wanted as my object had to be one that I knew in its intimate details.  New York was too big, too much a congeries of the world's facets.  I wanted something nearer, something knowable.  I deliberately selected Paterson as my reality.  My own suburb was not distinguished or varied enough for my purpose.

- William Carlos Williams, from his Statement preceding his long poem Paterson

* To save you a trip to dictionary.com, a congeries is an assemblage, aggregation or heap.

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