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Gulsher John Gulsher John Male, 69, Pakistan (5/27/2014 10:19:00 AM)

An interview with John Ashbery (must read)

INTERVIEWER:

You said that reading modern poetry enabled you to see the vitality present in older poetry.
In your mind, is there a close connection between life and poetry?

ASHBERY

In my case I would say there is a very close but oblique connection.
I have always been averse to talking about myself, and so I don't write about my life the way the confessional poets do.
I don't want to bore people with experiences of mine that are simply versions of what everybody goes through.
For me, POETRY starts after that point. I write with experiences in mind, but I don't write about them, I write out of them.
I know that I have exactly the opposite reputation, that I am totally self-involved, but that's not the way I see it.

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