John Ashbery
Rochester, New York

Quotes

11 November 2014
The disquieting muses again: what are "leftovers"?
11 November 2014
Perhaps we ought to feel with more imagination.
11 November 2014
... the first step of the terrible journey toward feeling somebody should act, that ends in utter confusion and hopelessness, east of the sun and west of the moon.
11 November 2014
If you need a certain vitality you can only supply it yourself, or there comes a point, anyway, when no one's actions but your own seem dramatically convincing and justifiable in the plot that the number of your days concocts.
11 November 2014
It is the time we have now, and all our wasted time sinks into the sea and is swallowed up without a trace. The past is dust and ashes, and this incommensurably wide way leads to the pragmatic and kinetic future.
11 November 2014
Yes, in the long run there is something to be said for these shiftless days, each distilling its drop of poison until the cup is full; there is something to be said for them because there is no escaping them.
11 November 2014
Life became a pregnant silence, but it was understood that the silence was to lead nowhere.
11 November 2014
Here and there a bird sang, a rose silenced her expression of him, and all the gaga flowers wondered. But they puzzled the wanderer with their vague wearinesses.
11 November 2014
The screen of supreme good fortune curved his absolute smile into a celestial scream.
11 November 2014
There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.

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