John Ashbery

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John Ashbery

John Ashbery

There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.More John Ashbery [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I don't look on poetry as closed works. I feel they're going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length.
More John Ashbery [01/12/2012 06:01:09]
So that the old joy, modest as cake, as wine and friendship Will stay with us at the last, backed by the night Whose ruse gave it our final meaningMore John Ashbery [01/12/2012 06:01:16]
I like poems you can tack all over with a hammer and there are no hollow places.More John Ashbery [01/12/2012 06:01:26]
I don't want to read what is going to slide down easily; there has to be some crunch, a certain amount of resilience.More John Ashbery [01/12/2012 06:01:43]
I write with experiences in mind, but I don't write about them, I write out of them.More John Ashbery [01/12/2012 06:01:56]
A perfect example of the new republic's urge to drape itself with the togas of classical respectability.More John Ashbery [01/12/2012 06:01:09]
Where Shall I WanderMore John Ashbery [01/12/2012 06:01:23]
The poem is sad because it wants to be yours, and cannot be.More John Ashbery [01/12/2012 06:01:33]
There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.More John Ashbery [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
So that the old joy, modest as cake, as wine and friendship Will stay with us at the last, backed by the night Whose ruse gave it our final meaningMore John Ashbery [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't look on poetry as closed works. I feel they're going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length.More John Ashbery [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Where Shall I WanderMore John Ashbery [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I like poems you can tack all over with a hammer and there are no hollow places.More John Ashbery [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't want to read what is going to slide down easily; there has to be some crunch, a certain amount of resilience.More John Ashbery [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I write with experiences in mind, but I don't write about them, I write out of them.More John Ashbery [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A perfect example of the new republic's urge to drape itself with the togas of classical respectability.More John Ashbery [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The poem is sad because it wants to be yours, and cannot be.More John Ashbery [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
[(I-Newswire) - In the free event, Bell will read from] No Planets Strike, ... Edgy in both senses of the word, Josh Bell populates his daft American heartland with the runaway muse Ramona and her clones. The resulting landscapes are as dangerous, funny, and drop-dead gorgeous as those in a Road Runner cartoon.More John Ashbery [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
How many people came and stayed a certain time, Uttered light or dark speech that became part of you Like light behind windblown fog and sand Filtered and influenced by it, until no part Remains that is surely you.More John Ashbery [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Death is a new office building filled with modern furniture,
A wise thing, but which has no purpose for us.More John Ashbery [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The facts of history have been too well rehearsed.More John Ashbery [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
One can lose a good idea by not writing it down, yet by losing it one can have it: it nourishes other asides it knows nothing of, would not recognize itself in, yet when the negotiations are terminated, speaks in the acts of that progenitor, and does recognize itself, is grateful for not having done so earlier.More John Ashbery [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The mind Is so hospitable, taking in everything Like boarders, and you don't see until It's all over how little there was to learn Once the stench of knowledge has dissipated.More John Ashbery [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Once a happy old man One can never change the core of things, and light burns you the harder for it.More John Ashbery [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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