John Lawrence Ashbery is an American poet. He has published more than twenty volumes of poetry and won nearly every major American award for poetry, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his collection Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. But Ashbery's work still proves controversial. In an article on Elizabeth Bishop in his Selected Prose, he characterizes himself as having been described as "a harebrained, homegrown surrealist whose poetry defies even the rules and logic of Surrealism." Although renowned for the postmodern complexity and opacity of his work, Ashbery has stated that he wishes it to be accessible to as many people as possible, not a private dialogue.
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But it is the same thing we are all seeing,John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "A Tone Poem."
Our world. Go after it,
Go get it boy, says the man holding the stick.
Eat, says the hunger, and we plunge blindly in again,
I am not offended that these creatures (that's the word)John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "Mixed Feelings."
Of my imagination seem to hold me in such light esteem,
Pay so little heed to me. It's part of a complicated
''Although I mean it, and project the meaningJohn Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Ice-Cream Wars."
As hard as I can into its brushed-metal surface,
It cannot, in this deteriorating climate, pick up
Where I leave off.''
''Yet the landscape, those billboards, age as rapidly as before.''John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "A Tone Poem."
''The first year was like icing.John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "More Pleasant Adventures."
Then the cake started to show through.''
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