John Ashbery (1927~) American poet, critic

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I don't want to read what is going to slide down easily; there has to be some crunch, a certain amount of resilience. - John Ashbery


Much that is beautiful must be discarded So that we may resemble a taller Impression of ourselves. (Illustration) - John Ashbery


A perfect example of the new republic's urge to drape itself with the togas of classical respectability. - John Ashbery


The poem is sad because it wants to be yours, and cannot be. - John Ashbery


Love once Tipped the scales but now is shadowed, invisible, Though mysteriously present, around somewhere. - John Ashbery


I write with experiences in mind, but I don't write about them, I write out of them. - John Ashbery


Death is a new office building filled with modern furniture, A wise thing, but which has no purpose for us. (A Last World) - John Ashbery


I don't look on poetry as closed works. I feel they're going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length. - John Ashbery


All things seem mention of themselves And the names which stem from them branch out to other referents. Hugely, spring exists again. (Grand Galop) - John Ashbery