John Lawrence Ashbery
2010 Brooklyn Book Festival, photo by David Shankbone (12 September 2010)
Born: 28 July 1927, Rochester, New York
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- I don't find any direct statements in life. My poetry imitates or reproduces the way knowledge or awareness come to me, which is by fits and starts and by indirection. I don't think poetry arranged in neat patterns would reflect that situation. My poetry is disjunct, but then so is life. permalink
- I write with experiences in mind, but I don't write about them, I write out of them. permalink
- 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. permalink
- There is a view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army. permalink
quoted in the International Herald Tribune (2 October 1989)
- You and I are suddenly what the trees try to tell us we are: That their merely being there means something. permalink
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