John Ashbery

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John Ashbery has made a dumbfounding statement: he is afraid that sometimes "the language gets in the way of the music of a poem."  This is dumbfounding because what is there in poetry other than language? With this daunting statement in mind, we launch into the territory of the imponderable — the territory Ashbery knows best.

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  • John Ashbery - 2011 National Book Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award-winner