John Ashbery Quotes

And the serial continues: Pain, expiation, delight, more pain, A frieze that lengthens continually, in the lucky way Friezes do, and no plot is produced, Nothing you could hang an identifying question on.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Darlene's Hospital."
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And midway We meet the disappointed, returning ones, without its Being able to stop us in the headlong night Toward the nothing of the coast.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Pyrography."
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One turned, as one does, to other interests Such as the tides in the Bay of Fundy.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Pursuit of Happiness."
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There is every reason to rejoice with those self-styled prophets of commercial disaster, those harbingers of gloom, Over the imminent lateness of the denouement that, advancing slowly, never arrives, At the same time keeping the door open to a tongue-in-cheek attitude on the part of the perpetrators....
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Decoy."
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... with dozens of as yet Unrealized projects, and a strict sense Of time running out, of evening presenting The tactfully folded-over bill?
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Pyrography."
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We knew how to get by on what comes along, but the idea Warning, waiting there like a forest, not emptied, beckons.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Pursuit of Happiness."
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We hold these truths to be self-evident: That ostracism, both political and moral, has Its place in the twentieth-century scheme of things....
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Decoy."
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Poor Warren. He wasn't a bad egg, Just weak. He loved women and Ohio.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Qualm."
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Perhaps we ought to feel with more imagination.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Recent Past."
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You stupefied me. We waxed, Carnivores, late and alight In the beaded winter. All was ominous, luminous.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Errors."
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