John Ashbery

Rookie (28 July 1927 / Rochester, New York)

Farm Implements And Rutabagas In A Landscape - Poem by John Ashbery

The first of the undecoded messages read: "Popeye sits
in thunder,
Unthought of. From that shoebox of an apartment,
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Form: Sestina


Comments about Farm Implements And Rutabagas In A Landscape by John Ashbery

  • (7/10/2016 6:47:00 AM)


    Nobody knows what this stuff means, including Ashbery who won't be pinned down or offer and explanation of any kind. Those who are not fond of it will protest its shortcomings, but the most annoying are Ashbery's ardent fans who claim it is profound. And when you ask them why they think this, they then attack you. They cannot tell you why it is so great or what it means or what he is on about but it is profound. (Report) Reply

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  • (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

    Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (10/20/2015 8:05:00 AM)

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