John Ashbery Quotes

And the way Though discontinuous, and intermittent, sometimes Not heard of for years at a time, did, Nonetheless, move up, although, to his surprise It was inside the house, And always getting narrower.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Silhouette."
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Life became a pregnant silence, but it was understood that the silence was to lead nowhere.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The System."
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The dog barks, the caravan passes on. The words had a sort of bloom on them But were weightless, carrying past what was being said.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Grand Galop."
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The catastrophe Buried in the stair carpet stayed there And never corrupted anybody. And one day he grew up, and the horizon Stammered politely. The sky was like muslin. And still in the old house no one ever answered the bell.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Silhouette."
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For these are moments only, moments of insight, And there are reaches to be attained, A last level of anxiety that melts In becoming, like miles under the pilgrim's feet.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Task."
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So this tangle of impossible resolutions and irresolutions: The desire to have fun, to make noise, and so to Add to the already all-but-illegible scrub forest of graffiti on the shithouse wall. Someone is coming to get you: The mailman, or a butler enters with a letter on a tray Whose message is to change everything, but in the meantime ...
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Grand Galop."
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The furniture, Taken out and examined under the starlight, pleads No contest. And the backs of those who sat there before.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Some Old Tires."
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They are preparing to begin again: Problems, new pennant up the flagpole In a predicated romance.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Task."
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It seems only yesterday that we saw The movie with the cows in it And turned to one at your side, who burped As morning saw a new garnet-and-pea-green order propose Itself out of the endless bathos, like science-fiction lumps.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Grand Galop."
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To have always Had the wind for a friend is no recommendation.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Some Old Tires."
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