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By John Ashbery

Courting from the most studied artistic classes of John Ashbery's occupation, a groundbreaking assortment showcasing his signature polyphonic poem "Litany."

First released in 1979, 4 years after Ashbery's masterpiece Self-Portrait in a Convex reflect, the poems in As we all know signify the good American poet writing on the top of his experimental powers. The book's flagship poem, the seventy-page "Litany," is still essentially the most interesting and difficult of Ashbery's profession. awarded in dealing with columns, the poem asks to be learn as autonomous yet countervailing monologues, making a discussion of the personal and the general public, the human and the divine, the genuine and the unreal—a wild and lovely dialog that comprises multitudes.

As we all know additionally collects a few of Ashbery's such a lot witty, self-reflexive interrogations of poetry itself, together with "Late Echo" and "Five Pedantic Pieces" ("An thought I had and pointed out / grew to become the issues I do"), in addition to a wry, laugh-out-loud call-and-response series of one-line poems on Ashbery's defining topic: the writing of poetry ("I Had proposal issues have been Going alongside good / yet i used to be mistaken"). possibly the main famous poem during this much-discussed quantity is "Tapestry," a measured exploration of the inevitable distance that arises among paintings, viewers, and artist, which the critic Harold Bloom known as "an 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' for our time."

Built of doubles, of echoes, of dualities and mixtures, As we all know is the breathtaking expression of a unique American voice.

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I asks I What for? I the fish I the net I the apple I the knife I the kernel of corn I the hen I the thread I the needle. I the needle catches the thread Draws up the red Chain stitch. 45 Gegen Abend Eine kleine Wendung, noch eine Und du stehst gegen Abend. Mit rotem Gesicht Wie ene erschrockene Braut. Mit Widerscheinaugen Bestiirzten Von dem was der Himmel entfacht: Zu prangend fur dich Eine Hochzeit Zu ewig fur dich Eine Nacht. 46 Toward Evening A quarter turn, one more, And there you are facing evening.

Er traumt davon, Im Herbst in den Wald zu gehen, kurz vor dem ersten Schneefall Und nicht mehr nachhause zu kommen. Er traumt vom Laub, Das ihn bedeckt und vom Gras, das sein Becken umkleidet, Wenn die Eichelhaher zu seinen Haupten schreien. Aber er wird im Bett sterben wie alle. Man wird ihm die Hande falten und sagen, dal? es Zeit fur ihn war, Dal? er alles gehabt hat, was einer verlangen kann, Und ein gesegnetes Alter. 36 Ancient My relative has one dead eye, The other, already shrunken, has started dying.

Draufien der Plunderer Wind Reifit die Goldparmanen ins Wildgras Um Quitte und Dornengebiisch Brandet ein salziger Tau. Im Gezweige die Toten Die kleingesichtigen Cherubim Kreuzen die Fliigel voll Pfauenaugen Hiipfen astaufwarts. Blattraum Herzraum Auch wir Ehe wir schlafen Bedecken die Landschaft mit Kiissen. 32 Tree of Life In the night of the falling leaves The linden Tree of life screams A bird’s shrill screech A child’s cry in his sleep. Don’t turn around Put your hands on your heads Face the wall of your bedsheets A looter of a wind Is yanking the golden apples into the grass A salty dew washes Around the quince and the brambles.

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