on poetry

July 28, 2017

“There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.”
John Ashbery
(b. July 28, 1927)

In honor of John Ashbery’s 90th birthday, we offer this link to a 2008 edition of Rain Taxi Review of Books, which features “A DREAM OF THIS ROOM, A Created Spaces Portfolio of Works on John Ashbery’s Textual and Domestic Environments,” and a link to Karin Roffman’s brand new comprehensive biography of the early life of John Ashbery, The Songs We Know Best (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
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on poetry

July 28, 2016

Gerard Manley Hopkins

   No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
   Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion.

Gerard Manley Hopkins
(July 28, 1844 – June 8, 1889)
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quote from “The Windhover”
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on poetry

July 28, 2015

Kenneth Fearing“What do you listen for, briefly, among the afternoon voices, / that the others do not”
Kenneth Fearing
(July 28, 1902 – June 26, 1961)
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quote from “If Money” by Kenneth Fearing
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on poetry…

July 28, 2014

John Ashbery, 1986“For me, poetry is very much the time that it takes to unroll, the way music does…it’s not a static, contemplatable thing like a painting or a piece of sculpture.”
John Ashbery
(b. July 28, 1927)
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