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    John Ashbery(Author)

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A bold, striking new collection of poems from one of America's most influential and inventive poets.

With more than twenty poetry collections to his name, John Ashbery is one of our most agile, philosophically complex, and visionary poets. In Breezeway, Ashbery's powers of observation are at their most astute; his insight at its most penetrating. Demonstrating his extraordinary command of language and his ability to move fluidly and elegantly between wide-ranging thoughts and ideas--from the irreverent and slyly humorous to the tender, the sad, and the heartbreaking--Ashbery shows that he is a virtuoso fluent in diverse styles and tones of language, from the chatty and whimsical to the lyrical and urbane. Filled with allusions to literature and art, as well as to the absurdities and delights of the everyday world around us, Ashbery's poems are haunting, surprising, hilarious, and knowing all at once, the work of a master craftsman with a keen understanding of the age in which he lives and writes, an age whose fears and fragmentation he conjures and critiques with humor, pathos, and a provocative wit.

Vital and imaginative, Ashbery's poems not only touch on the "big questions" and crises of life in the twenty-first century, but also delicately capture the small moments between and among people. Imaginative, linguistically dazzling, and artistically ambitious, Breezeway is John Ashbery's sharpest and most arresting collection yet.

One of the most anticipated poetry collections this spring, Breezeway is delightfully ambitious and imaginative - which is to say, everything we ve come to expect from Ashbery. --Buzzfeed"John Ashbery is the Walt Whitman of our postwar pop age, the prolific chronicler of American consciousness...Yet his long career has proven resilient precisely because-like few other species of modern poetics-he s been so joyously able to absorb and adapt...Breezeway...is one of his best books. --Interview"John Ashbery s Breezeway is one of the most anticipated collections of the year. Readers who appreciate his mind-bending work will find the same kind of challenging richness he has offered in more than 20 collections of poetry. --Washington Post"Ashbery s familiar charms are all in evidence: his playful style and his stylish play, his knack for bent idiom and his rhetorical questions. --Boston Globe"If you ve ever had trouble appreciating the disjunctive, not entirely sensical work of America s most celebrated living poet, try reading it out loud after getting high. Studies show that this method is most effective with Ashbery s later work, so no harm starting your experiments with his excellent new collection. --New York magazine"As always, his poems evoke the sound of a single voice engaged in simultaneous multiple conversations. . . . Ashbery remains an engaging trickster, still able to slip the occasional shrewd commentary ("Our networks will be joining you in progress") into the playfully distracting chaos."--Library Journal"One of the most anticipated poetry collections this spring, Breezeway is delightfully ambitious and imaginative - which is to say, everything we've come to expect from Ashbery."--Buzzfeed"John Ashbery is the Walt Whitman of our postwar pop age, the prolific chronicler of American consciousness...Yet his long career has proven resilient precisely because-like few other species of modern poetics-he's been so joyously able to absorb and adapt...Breezeway...is one of his best books."--Interview"John Ashbery's Breezeway is one of the most anticipated collections of the year. Readers who appreciate his mind-bending work will find the same kind of challenging richness he has offered in more than 20 collections of poetry."--Washington Post"Ashbery's familiar charms are all in evidence: his playful style and his stylish play, his knack for bent idiom and his rhetorical questions."--Boston Globe"If you've ever had trouble appreciating the disjunctive, not entirely sensical work of America's most celebrated living poet, try reading it out loud after getting high. Studies show that this method is most effective with Ashbery's later work, so no harm starting your experiments with his excellent new collection."--New York magazine

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  • PDF | 128 pages
  • John Ashbery(Author)
  • Ecco Press; Reprint edition (5 April 2016)
  • English
  • 3
  • Poetry, Drama & Criticism

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  • By Ashberian on 29 August 2016

    Before i start, would like to make crystal clear that John Ashbery is my absolute favorite poet ... galaxies away from any other; tried plenty other poets but ( maybe ) for my particular taste, nobody come close to the consistent genius lucid state of mind this man has achieved effortlessly since he decided to bless the world with his writing, and we're talking about decades here .Own the whole Ashbery's bibliography ( all his poetry books at least ), that will always hold the best spot on my library as its way too invaluable for me, the kind of books i love to come back to again & again... and that love me back in exchange, always brighten up my day... years pass and i still can read this or that poem for the eleventh time not feeling tired about it and always with a new perspective on it so i can sleep that night with a smile on my head while keeping that feeling in mind.How come i dare to rate this new book the lowest then ?Kills me to face the truth, but this has been coming since 2007. Yes, i'm pointing my finger at "A "Worldly Country" ; that was the very first time some ( few ) of the poems included felt second-rate, fillers even ... an unprecedented filling that made me think i didn't get it then but i'd do on a later reading."Planisphere" was published a couple years later ... and once again was confronted with that very same ( amped even ) feeling .Three more years and a new work from my all-time favorite poet, "Quick Question" was avaliable ... only to slap me with more of the same, only this time was even worse. This was no longer me not feeling his poems, this was a pattern, somethings changed ... and not exactly for the better. If anything, this was a confirmation of a genius decay, leveling down to other average-Joe-poets i've read before... a genuine enough cause to shed tears of defeat.Now, i just finished going through "Breezaway" for the first time and am truly devastated. This is by far the worst poetry book by Ashbery i've ever read !!!! Not even sure i'd tell him apart from a bunch of mediocre modern poets if these poems where mixed among other people's on some random compilation .While writing this review i'm still painfully shocked, still wondering how such unique brain capable of holding your hand while guiding you through distant dimensions, turning your take on life upside down, making any color brighter than it ever was and every breath worth twice than what it was before... ended up like this ?I'm aware this so-called information society is affecting the way we ( humans ) act, think, react, behave ... everything is changing so quick most people doesn't even realize about it ( some are even offended by the mere idea, even if it's a fact ), is even crystal clear when you are one of those strange persons that enjoy art / movies / books / documentaries / interviews / articles / etc... from earlier decades and compare 'em with nowaday's .These days, everything has to be quicker, straight to the point, include a lot of this mediocre so-called popular insta-culture , disguised with references and empty ( politically ultra-correct, always fighting to fit in ) words/facts for those exceptional times where you are allowed to extend yourself a little more than average, include cursing once in a while so you are "cool" and fit among the vast mediocrity... and be judged by twitter-minded people ( 140 characters is all they can process on their minds at once ) .What ( above ) reads like just another rant on nowaday's society is effectively polluting the way many creators are doing things, translated to facts so to speak, and that's why i'm pointing it out ( no other reasons behind, believe it or not ) ... because it's important to stress how influential this can be.Now, for better of for worse... was conviced that most veterant artists / creators / writers / poets .... were capable of living away for today's decadence. Their characters, ideas, mental-mechanics , etc... already have a strong foundation and that's something that won't change all of a sudden just because newer generations are leaning towards short-sighted thoughts & constantly resourcing to ( quick & substance-less ) visual effectism . And was convinced of this until i read "Breezeway"... where i feel the pollution.This is probably one of the saddest days of my reading-life. I'm no longer safe nor i feel like i leaped through a fantastic time-space again. Industry's fumes, traffic lights & noise stabbed my soul while i was on Breezeway ; looks like Ashbery is no longer able to build those colosal spiral walls built with otherworldy materials & out-of-our-mental-range colors to effectively shield us from reality... and for that very reason, today i weep red .


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