By John Ashbery
With greater than twenty poetry collections to his identify, John Ashbery is one in every of our such a lot agile, philosophically complicated, and visionary poets. In Breezeway, Ashbery's powers of remark are at their so much astute; his perception at its such a lot penetrating. Demonstrating his awesome command of language and his skill to maneuver fluidly and assuredly among wide-ranging concepts and ideas—from the irreverent and slyly funny to the soft, the unhappy, and the heartbreaking—Ashbery indicates that he's a virtuoso fluent in assorted types and tones of language, from the chatty and eccentric to the lyrical and urbane. packed with allusions to literature and artwork, in addition to to the absurdities and delights of the typical global round us, Ashbery's poems are haunting, remarkable, hilarious, and realizing without warning, the paintings of a grasp craftsman with a willing realizing of the age during which he lives and writes, an age whose fears and fragmentation he conjures and evaluations with humor, pathos, and a provocative wit.
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36 Journey of Abel Martin i. Circling the bell-tower, the martlets, trailing, soar: children are storming the air and crying at their wars. Adept in his solitude, Martin, in a corner there. Evening or twilight making, dust, and a squabble of voices, a child's vociferations— fifty or twelve, however you make it, all's one. O starveling spirit and prodigal of soul, by the glowering bonfire's circle where dead sticks crackle in a fiery air and blazon a blind frontier, showing its blackest cicatrices clear!
The tidal salts drain on a living horizon, leaving a glare on the blemishing paper. The silence is mortal. Nobody answers. (For Joan Hutton Landis) 51 V.
And called to her: Lady, for the uncovering of that face, my passion thought to live until morning though my heart's blood turn to suet. Wisdom is given me now. You are other than I dreamt. Yet would I bless you still and gaze the more, however you walked at your will at my side, in cold contempt. Death turned to smile at Martin, but knew no way to do it. 39 4. I lived, I drowsed, I dreamed— Martin thought, while his pupils thickened— and thereby conceived a man in a slumbering vigil intent on his dream, beyond what is dreamt or imagined.
Breezeway by John Ashbery