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John Ashbery
(1927-____) born on
Jul 28
US poet. He is noted for the elegance, originality, and obscurity of his poetry.
         
   
F
I don't want to read what is going to slide down easily; there has to be some crunch, a certain amount of resilience.

R
I like poems you can tack all over with a hammer and there are no hollow places.
A
I don't look on poetry as closed works. I feel they're going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length.
N
I write with experiences in mind, but I don't write about them, I write out of them.
K
There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In London "Times," 23 Aug 1984.
R: In London "Times," 23 Aug 1984.
A: In London "Times," 23 Aug 1984.
N: In NY "Times," by John Updike, 17 Aug 1986.
K: In "International Herald Tribune," (Paris), 2 Oct 1989.
   


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