John Ashbery Quotes

All beauty, resonance, integrity, Exist by deprivation or logic Of strange position.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Le Livre est sur la table."
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As I pursued my bodily functions, wanting Neither fire nor water, Vibrating to the distant pinch And turning out the way I am, turning out to greet you.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Chateau Hardware."
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And we may be led, then, upward through more Powerful forms of poetry, past columns With peeling posters on them, to the country of indifference. Meanwhile if the swell diapasons, blooms Unhappily and too soon, the little people are nonetheless real.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Wooden Buildings."
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It was a conspiracy Of right-handed notions.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Another Chain Letter."
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The gods worship a line-drawing Of a woman, in the shadow of the sea Which goes on writing.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Le Livre est sur la table."
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It was always November there.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Chateau Hardware."
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Lately I've been looking at old-fashioned plaids, fingering Starched white collars, wondering whether there's a way To get them really white again. My wife Thinks I'm in Oslo—Oslo, France, that is.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Worsening Situation."
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And a sigh heaves from all the small things on earth, The books, the papers, the old garters and union-suit buttons Kept in a white cardboard box somewhere ... The summer demands and takes away too much, But night, the reserved, the reticent, gives more than it takes.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "As One Put Drunk into the Packet-Boat."
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I could buy one Tape and get another free. I accept- Ed the deal, paid for one tape and Chose a free one. But since I've been Repeatedly billed for my free tape.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Litany."
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Another day. Deliberations are recessed In an iron-blue chamber of that afternoon On which we wore things and looked well at A slab of business rising behind the stars.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Couple in the Next Room."
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