John Ashbery Quotes

I could say it's the happiest period of my life. It hasn't got much competition!
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Ongoing Story."
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The things that were coming to be talked about Have come and gone and are still remembered As being recent. There is a grain of curiosity At the base of some new thing, that unrolls Its question mark like a new wave on the shore.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Blue Sonata."
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It has been played once more. I think you exist only To tease me into doing it, on your level, and then you aren't there Or have adopted a different attitude. And the poem Has set me softly down beside you. The poem is you.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Paradoxes and Oxymorons."
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Though it seems improbable on the face of it You must master the huge retards and have faith in the slow Blossoming of haystacks, stairways, walls of convolvulus, Until the moon can do no more. Exhausted, You get out of bed. Your project is completed Though the experiment is a mess.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Other Cindy."
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And songs climb out of the flames of the near campfires, Pale, pastel things exquisite in their frailness With a note or two to indicate it isn't lost, On them at least. The songs decorate our notion of the world And mark its limits, like a frieze of soap-bubbles.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Business Personals."
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This poem is concerned with language on a very plain level. Look at it talking to you.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Paradoxes and Oxymorons."
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The contest ends at midnight tonight But you can submit again, and again.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Other Cindy."
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The disquieting muses again: what are "leftovers"?
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Business Personals."
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We are happy in our way of life. It doesn't make much sense to others. We sit about, Read, and are restless.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Parergon."
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Like a canoe route across the great lake on whose shore One is left trapped, grumbling not so much at bad luck as Because only this one side of experience is ever revealed. And that meant something.
John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Other Cindy."
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