John Ashbery 28 July 1927

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The disquieting muses again: what are "leftovers"?
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Business Personals."
Perhaps we ought to feel with more imagination.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Recent Past."
... the first step of the terrible journey toward feeling somebody should act, that ends in utter confusion and hopelessness, east of the sun and west of the moon.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "For John Clare."

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Wilfully obscure, rambling, unmusical, self-indulgent crap. No wonder he wrote so many collections. And no wonder he won so many prizes during the height of Modernism. This kind of stuff is catnip to literary critics and literature academics, because it would appear to require exegesis, thus promoting them into a kind of priesthood.
This man's work is garbage. He's obviously extremely lazy, and why not? Every dumb-ass critic in the country has decided that he's the greatest. Gee, I wonder why nobody reads poetry.
The atuff that has been posted on PH is readable although it is debateable what it means, but most of Ashbery's stuff makes me wonder if he isn't a mental case in search of a diagnosis.
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