John Ashbery Quotes

A novice was sitting on a cornice High over the city. Angels Combined their prayers with those Of the police, begging her to come off it.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Illustration."
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As night returns bringing doubts That swarm around the sleeper's head But are fended off with clubs and knives ...
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Spring Day."
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Worry and brown desk Stain it by infusion. There aren't enough tags at the end, And the grove is blind, blossoming, but we are too porous to hear it.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Unusual Precautions."
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Man is never without woman, the neuter sex Casting up her equations, looks to her lord for loving kindness For man smiles never at woman.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "A Last World."
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Much that is beautiful must be discarded So that we may resemble a taller Impression of ourselves.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Illustration."
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... with autumn falling over everything; The plush leaves the chattels in barrels Of an obscure family being evicted Into the way it was, and is.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Street Musicians."
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Sometimes a word will start it, like Hands and feet, sun and gloves. The way Is fraught with danger, you say, and I Notice the word "fraught"....
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Variant."
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He gathers deeds In the pure air, the agent Of their factual excesses.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "A Long Novel."
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There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. International Herald Tribune (Paris, October 2, 1989).
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So I cradle this average violin that knows Only forgotten showtunes, but argues The possibility of free declamation anchored To a dull refrain....
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Street Musicians."
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