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New Poems

by John Ashbery

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Hailed by Harold Bloom as "America's greatest living poet," John Ashbery has won every major American literary award for his poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A beloved and gifted artist, Ashbery takes his place beside Whitman, Dickinson, Stevens, and Hart Crane in the canon of great American poets. With Quick Question, a new collection of poems published in time for his 85th birthday, John Ashbery proves that his creative power has only grown stronger with age.

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Praise for John Ashbery:

"Ashbery just talks, calmly and evenly, sifting through the verbal detritus of civilization and making fascinating sculptures out of what he finds." - Time magazine

"No one writing poems in the English language is likelier than Ashbery to survive the severe judgments of time.... He is joining that American sequence that includes Whitman, Dickinson, Stevens, and Hart Crane." - Harold Bloom

"Brilliant, difficult, and beautiful." - Publishers Weekly

"[Ashbery] is ... a genius." - Philadelphia Inquirer

"Ashbery continues to inhabit a worldly country all his own." - Publishers Weekly

"Among the poets of the New York School, Ashbery has been the most influential in opening up new possibilities for the American lyric. He has done this by enlivening the page with diction of a startling heterogeneity; by being more broadly allusive than any other modern poet, including Eliot; by being boyish and amusing while maintaining emotional depth; by finding a gorgeousness of imagery rare since Stevens; and by taking headstrong risks." - New Republic

"Ashbery's poems do not evade the real; they deny it the power to prevent other realities from being conceived." - Paul Gray, Time

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John Ashbery

John Ashbery is the author of more than twenty books of poetry. his many awards include a Pulitzer Prize and, in 2012, a National Humanities Medal presented by President Obama at the White House.

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