And the Stars Were Shining by John Ashbery

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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Oh hell, her riding with the producer is just the last straw and fore- shadows their doom. How still their bodies are in the aftermath of their tawdry indelible death on the highway. The bodies slumped pathetically, like a human version of roadkill. You don't see the crash; you hear it; at an eerie distance. The second half was shot in Capri. Sea and sky were one. Jeweled turquoise. But it was shot on the tawny sun-baked roof of the villa once owned by the fascist novelist Curzio Malaparte where he did his calisthenics every morning.

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