John Ashbery Quotes

Still, I am prepared for this voyage, and for anything else you may care to mention. Not that I am not afraid, but there is very little time left. You have probably made travel arrangements, and know the feeling. Suddenly, one morning, the little train arrives in the station, but oh, so big It is! Much bigger and faster than anyone told you.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Skaters, II."
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If only the phantom would stop reappearing! Business, if you wanted to know, was punk at the opera. The heroine no longer appeared in Faust. The crowds strolled sadly away.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Faust."
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The event combined with Beams leading up to it for the look of force adapted to the wiser Usages of age, but it's both there And not there, like washing or sawdust in the sunlight, At the back of the mind, where we live now.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Saying It to Keep It from Happening."
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It is all passing! It is past! No, I am here ...
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Skaters, II."
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In the wings the tenor hungers For the heroine's convulsive kiss, and Faust Moves forward, no longer young, reappearing And reappearing for the last time. The opera Faust would no longer need its phantom. On the bare, sunlit stage the hungers could begin.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Faust."
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Some departure from the norm Will occur as time grows more open about it.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Saying It to Keep It from Happening."
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I am cozily ensconced in the balcony of my face Looking out over the whole darn countryside, a beacon of satisfaction I am. I'll not trade places with a king. Here I am then, continuing but ever beginning My perennial voyage....
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Skaters, II."
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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 meaning.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Flowering Death."
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It is seen At the end that the kind and good are rewarded, That the unjust one is doomed to burn forever Around his error, sadder and wiser anyway. Between these extremes the others muddle through Like us....
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Scheherazade."
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Old heavens, you used to tweak above us, Standing like rain whenever a salvo . . . Old heavens, You lying there above the old, but not ruined, fort, Can you hear, there, what I am saying? For it is you I am parodying, Your invisible denials.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Skaters, II."
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