John Ashbery Quotes

"This is what my learning Teaches," the Aquarian said, "To absorb life through the pores For the life around you is dead."
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "It Was Raining in the Capital."
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For although memories, of a season, for example, Melt into a single snapshot, one cannot guard, treasure That stalled moment. It too is flowing, fleeting; It is a picture of flowing, scenery, though living, mortal, Over which an abstract action is laid out in blunt, Harsh strokes.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Syringa."
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For later in the vast gloom of cities, only there you learn How the ideas were good only because they had to die, Leaving you alone and skinless, a drawing by Vesalius.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Variations, Calypso and Fugue on a Theme of Ella Wheeler Wilcox."
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The distant box is open. A sound of grain Poured over the floor in some eagerness we Rise with the night let out of the box of wind.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "An Additional Poem."
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For spring had entered the capital Walking on gigantic feet. The smell of witch hazel indoors Changed to narcissus in the street.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "It Was Raining in the Capital."
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And no matter how all this disappeared, Or got where it was going, it is no longer Material for a poem. Its subject Matters too much, and not enough, standing there helplessly While the poem streaked by, its tail afire, a bad Comet screaming hate and disaster....
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Syringa."
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You remain a sane, yet sophisticated, person: Rooted in twilight, dreaming, a piece of traffic.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "We Hesitate."
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With all of my power of living I am forced to lie on the floor.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "And I'd Love You To Be in It."
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Just walking around, An object of curiosity to some, But you are too preoccupied By the secret smudge in the back of your soul To say much, and wander around, Smiling to yourself and others.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Just Walking Around."
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It is difficult to separate the tapestry From the room or loom which takes precedence over it.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Tapestry."
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