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Chinese Whispers

John Ashbery

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ISBN: 978 1 857546 18 7
Categories: 20th Century, American
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: October 2002
216 x 135 x 6 mm
106 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Wind your way to the floor,
    sweet. No passions obtain today.
    We are full of vinaigrette,
    cursed by the rain for being rained on.

    This pass has expired.
    I thought we had retreated
    until I noticed you far out in the field,
    waving a crimson handkerchief

    toward someone I couldn't see.
    This is the way it goes: I
    come back, then you come back to me.
    Our heads blend in the twilight tea.

                                                        from Onery Fish

    Chinese Whispers is the title poem of this outstanding collection. It refers to the ways in which a single word or idea can mutate and evolve through repetition and replication to become something wondrous, strange and illuminating much like the brilliant and original poems to be found in this book.
    JOHN ASHBERY was born in Rochester, New York, in 1927. He has published more than twenty collections of poetry, beginning in 1953 with Turandot and Other Poems. In 1976, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror won the Pulitzer, National Book Award, and National Book Critics Circle Award. His art writings are collected ... read more
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