Treasure Island

John Ashbery

(28 July 1927 / Rochester, New York)

Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape


The first of the undecoded messages read: "Popeye sits
in thunder,
Unthought of. From that shoebox of an apartment,
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  • Richard Dates (5/12/2009 6:19:00 PM)

    I can see how this poem might fit into the surreal and Dada categories. It certainly take one to unusual places. Ashbery was also transgressive in his elite world when he wrote, 'Popeye chuckled and scratched his balls.' It is an odd little piece. One wonders what he was like as a youth...a wild rich boy...or an odd academic...or what? (Report) Reply

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