John Ashbery

Rookie (28 July 1927 / Rochester, New York)

John Ashbery Quotes

  • ''The disquieting muses again: what are "leftovers"?''
    John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Business Personals."
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  • ''Perhaps we ought to feel with more imagination.''
    John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Recent Past."
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  • ''... 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.''
    John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "For John Clare."
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  • ''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.''
    John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The System."
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  • ''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.''
    John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The System."
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  • ''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.''
    John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The System."
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  • ''Life became a pregnant silence, but it was understood that the silence was to lead nowhere.''
    John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The System."
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  • ''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.''
    John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Young Son."
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  • ''The screen of supreme good fortune curved his absolute smile into a celestial scream.''
    John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Young Son."
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  • ''There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.''
    John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. International Herald Tribune (Paris, October 2, 1989).
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Best Poem of John Ashbery

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,
From livid curtain's hue, a tangram emerges: a country."
Meanwhile the Sea Hag was relaxing on a green couch: "How
pleasant
To spend one's vacation en la casa de Popeye," she
scratched
Her cleft chin's solitary hair. She remembered spinach

And was going to ask Wimpy if he had bought any spinach.
"M'love," he intercepted, "the plains are decked out
in thunder
Today, and it shall be as you ...

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My Philosophy Of Life

Just when I thought there wasn't room enough
for another thought in my head, I had this great idea--
call it a philosophy of life, if you will.Briefly,
it involved living the way philosophers live,
according to a set of principles. OK, but which ones?

That was the hardest part, I admit, but I had a
kind of dark foreknowledge of what it would be like.
Everything, from eating watermelon or going to the bathroom

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