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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 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 is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, most recently Quick Question (January 2013). He is the recipient of many honours, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and a MacArthur ‘genius’ award. Born in Rochester, New York, he was educated at Harvard and Columbia. In ... read more
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