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(28 July 1927 / Rochester, New York)

Poems of John Ashbery

1. Daffy Duck In Hollywood 1/20/2003
2. Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape 1/20/2003
3. For John Clare 1/20/2003
4. Glazunoviana 3/11/2006
5. Into the Dusk-Charged Air 1/20/2003
6. Just Walking Around 3/11/2006
7. My Philosophy of Life 1/20/2003
8. Poem at the New Year 8/31/2008
9. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror 1/20/2003
10. Syringa 1/20/2003

My Philosophy of Life

Just when I thought there wasn't room enough
for another thought in my head, I had this great idea--
call it a philosophy of life, if you will.Briefly,
it involved living the way philosophers live,
according to a set of principles. OK, but which ones?

That was the hardest part, I admit, but I had a
kind of dark foreknowledge of what it would be like.
Everything, from eating watermelon or going to the bathroom

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