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John Ashbery

Quick Question by John Ashbery
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ISBN: 978 1 847772 28 2
Categories: 21st Century, American, LGBTQ+
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: January 2013
215 x 135 x 10 mm
128 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • In Quick Question John Ashbery extends an invitation to readers to accompany him into the extraordinary worlds of the everyday, experienced through the box of tricks that is language. He revels in twist and transformation, the constant mutability of words and things: ‘Whatever stops playing is the enemy of the incomplete’. He can stop us in our tracks with the accuracy of his perception: ‘Somewhere in America someone is trying to figure out / how to pay for this’. Aware of the paradoxes of his own writing, he teases us with questions: ‘Is it all doggerel and folderol?’ ‘Would I lie to you?’ Either way, his invitation is irresistible: come in, see what happens.

    WORDS TO THAT EFFECT
    QUICK QUESTION
    THE SHORT ANSWER
    CROSS ISLAND
    THE ALLEGATIONS
    REST AREA
    RECENT HISTORY
    A VOICE FROM THE FIREPLACE
    IN DREAMS I KISS YOUR HAND, MADAME
    THE NEW CROWD
    IN A LONELY PLACE
    MORE RELUCTANT
    UNLIKE THE CAMELOPARD
    RESISTING ARREST
    WHO WERE THOSE PEOPLE
    DOUBLE WHOOPEE
    LIKE ANY LEAVES
    THE COST OF SLEEP
    ABSENT AGENDA
    UNFIT TO STAND TRIAL
    HOW I MET YOU
    LAUGHING CREEK
    THE QUEEN’ S APRON
    HOMELESS HEART
    GILDERSLEEVE ON BROADWAY
    AUBURN-TINTED FENCES
    THIS ECONOMY
    FALSE REPORT
    NORTHEAST BUILDING
    ELECTIVE INIFNITIES
    SUBURBAN BURMA
    ETUDES SECOND SERIES
    PUFF PIECE
    SAPS AT SEA
    TANGO AND SCHOTTISCHE
    THE FOP'S TALE
    A MODERN INSTANCE
    BELLS II
    FEEL FREE
    FAR HARBOR
    THE BICAMERAL EYEBALL
    POEM BEGINNING WITH A LINE
    FROM GAMMER GURTON'S NEEDLE
    NOT BEYOND ALL CONJECTURE
    INSTEAD OF LOSING
    LAUNDRY LIST
    PALMY
    YOU WHAT?
    SILENT AUCTION
    CARD OF THANKS
    MARI VAUDAGE
    MARINE SHADOW
    "BEYOND ALBANY AND SYRACUSE..."
    NEVER TWO WITHOUT THREE
    MABUSE'S AFTERNOON
    THE RETURN OF FRANK JAMES
    FIVE O’CLOCK SHADOW
    THE FUTURE OF THE DANCE
    WITHAL
    IPHIGENIA IN SODUS
    BACON GRABBERS
    VIEWERS WILL RECALL
    POSTLUDE AND PREQUEL
    [UNTITLED: "CAN WE START AGAIN?"]
    John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, in 1927. His books of poetry include Breezeway ; Quick Question ; Planisphere ; Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems, which was awarded the 2008 International Griffin Poetry Prize; A Worldly Country ; Where Shall I Wander ; and Self-Portrait in ... read more
    Awards won by John Ashbery Winner, 1997  Gold Medal for Poetry Winner, 2001 Wallace Stevens Award Winner, 1995 Robert Frost Medal Winner, 1976 National Book Critics Circle Award (Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror) Winner, 1976 National Book Award (Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror) Winner, 1976 Pulitzer Award (Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror)
    'Quick Question, with the hushed intensity of its music and great lyric beauty, could only be Ashbery.'
    Ian Thomson, Financial Times
    Praise for John Ashbery 'I'll keep returning to The Wave, knowing that each time I do, I'll connect with poems, and lines in poems, I haven't noticed before and recconect with those that have resonated already'
    Pam Thompson, The North
    'John Ashbery's final collection of poetry disguises itself well as a mid-career high. The energy and modernity of his strange little worlds tell nothing of his age.'
    Stand Magazine


      'More than a century after Arthur Rimbaud composed his Illuminations they are reborn in John Ashbery's magnificent translation. It is fitting that the major American poet since Hart Crane and Wallace Stevens should give us this noble version of the precursor of all three.'
    Harold Bloom
    'A fine collection of poems rooted in 21st-century America.'
    Robert McCrum, The Observer
      'More than a century after Arthur Rimbaud composed his Illuminations they are reborn in John Ashbery's magnificent translation. It is fitting that the major American poet since Hart Crane and Wallace Stevens should give us this noble version of the precursor of all three.'
    Harold Bloom
     The book invites the reader to poetic gluttony. It serves as a corrective to the monoglot provincialism by which the Anglophone world is still bedevilled.
    Sean O'Brien, Independent
     'The lyrics in Breezeway, a new collection by the octogenarian poet John Ashbery are as good as his finest. I especially like the final poem, poignantly reprising the last line of Keats' Ode to a Nightingale', "Do I wake or sleep?"'
    Salley Vickers, The Observer - The New Review, 29.11.2015.
      'John Ashbery's Collected Poems 1956-1987, edited by Mark Ford (Carcanet), was a book I found inexhaustible. Possibly the greatest living English-speaking poet and one of the most prolific, Ashbery takes language to its limits, so that words serve as pointers to shifting experiences that elude description. Containing his masterpiece 'Self-Portrait In A Convex Mirror', one of the most penetrating 20th-century meditations on what it means to be human, this collection succeeded in stirring my thoughts as well as delighting me.'
    John Gray The Guardian Books Of The Year 2010
       'The careering, centrifugal side of Girls on the Run is one of its most effective tools in creating its special ainbience of good-humoured menace ... Ashbery has made the slush of signification, the realm where words slip, slide, perish and decay, uniquely his own.'
    David Wheatley, Times Literary Supplement, 30 June, 2000
       'In his seventies John Ashbery offers a sprightly and energetic alternative. Instead of being sluggish he demands that the self must be even more alert, more vigilant, more attentive to the world around it, not indifferent to and weary of it. Alert, vigilant, attentive ... Wakefulness, the brilliantly evocative title of Ashbery's collection.'
    Stephen Matterson, 'The Capacious Art of Poetry,' Poetry Ireland Review 62, 114
        'The Mooring of Starting Out is filled with illustrations glimpsed through luminous, funny, formidably intelligent and often heartbreaking poems.'
    Andrew Zawacki, 'A wave of music,' Times Literary Supplement, 12 June, 1998
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