By John Ashbery
Witty but heartbreaking, conversational but richly lyrical, John Ashbery's 16th poetry assortment showcases a mastery uniquely his own.
And the celebs have been Shining initially seemed in 1994, towards the midpoint of a startlingly artistic interval in Ashbery's lengthy occupation, in which the good American poet released no fewer than 9 books in ten years. the gathering brings jointly greater than fifty compact, jewellike, intensely felt poems, together with the well known "Like a Sentence" ("How little we all know, / and after we be aware of it!") and the lyrical, deeply relocating thirteen-part name poem famous as one of many author's maximum. This assortment is Ashbery at his so much obtainable, sleek, and elegiac.
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The fuel line is leaking, the chicken is long gone from the
cage, the skyline is dotted with vultures;
Benny eventually acquired off the stuff and Betty now has a job
as a waitress; and
the chimney sweep was once relatively tender as he
giggled up via the
I walked miles during the urban and recognized
not anything as an immense claw ate at my
belly whereas the interior of my head felt
ethereal as though i used to be approximately to go
it's now not quite a bit that not anything means
whatever yet extra that it retains meaning
there's no unencumber, simply specialists and self-
appointed gods and hucksters.
the extra humans say, the fewer there's to say.
even the simplest books are dry sawdust.
—from "fingernails; nostrils; shoelaces"
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