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By John Ashbery

ISBN-10: 0670819581

ISBN-13: 9780670819584

In this assortment, first released in 1987, John Ashbery--"one of his generation's such a lot talented and eloquent poets" (Michuko Kakutani, The long island Times)--offers a few of his so much intimate and direct poems. With breathtaking freshness, he writes of mutability, of the passage of time, and of progress, decay, and loss of life as they're mirrored in either ourselves and the altering of the seasons. by way of turns playful, depression, and mysterious, the poems in April Galleons reaffirm the intense powers that experience made Ashbery this sort of major determine within the American literary landscape.

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The speedometer’s at sundown. Even as they spoke the sun was beginning to disappear behind a cloud. All right so it’s better to have vague outlines But wrapped, tightly, around one’s mood Of something like vengeful joy. And in the wood It’s all the same too. I think I liked you better when I seldom knew you. But lovers are like hermits or cats: they Don’t know when to come in, to stop Breaking off twigs for dinner. In the little station I waited for you And shall, what with all the interest I bear toward plans of yours and the future Of stars it makes me thirsty Just to go down on my knees looking In the sawdust for joy.

Why, Others too will have implored before forgetting To remove a stick of night from the scrub-forest That keeps us wondering about ourselves Until luck or nepotism has run its course! Only I say, Your uniqueness isn’t that unique And doors must close in the shaved head Before they can spring ajar. Take this. ” To be shaken thus Vehemently back into one’s trance doesn’t promise Any petitioner much, even the servile ones. But night in its singleness Of motive rewards all equally for what cannot Appear disinterested survival tactics from the vantage Point of some rival planet.

But do these complex attitudes Compete successfully with the sounds Of bedlam and the overhead lighting there Of which Clare wrote so accurately “But still I read and sighed and sued again,” Noting in despair the times of day, The hair of fields, the way we go Willingly into another’s arms and back? Wrack bleaches on tidal sand. A moth is caught in my lamp To make it light the true way, Pastel fields where only He who comes to save says the single, Enameled word that outlives us. That there are flowers in shacks, broken Mirrors among fallen doorposts Doesn’t trip us up so much, rather It’s the lesson, unlearned, whose wry whimper, Hidden among congruent pages, tells The story of how we were and how we were meant to be.

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