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Author: ASHBERY, JOHN
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Ashbery, John    Poet's Biography
119 poems available by this author


... BY AN EARTHQUAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: A hears by chance a familiar name, and the name involves a riddle of the past
Subject(s): Satire


A BLESSING IN DISGUISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, they are alive and can have those colors
Subject(s): Love


A BLESSING IN DISGUISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, they are alive and can have those colors
Subject(s): Love


A MAN OF WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: His case inspires interest


A POEM OF UNREST    Poem Text    
First Line: Men duly understand the river of life


ABSTENTIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Not the shy tourist, hopping up the salty steps of rome


ADAM SNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's try the ingenuous way, if for no better


ALCOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it possible that spring could be
Subject(s): Spring


AMID MOUNTING EVIDENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I was reading about dinosaurs


AN OUTING    Poem Text    
First Line: These things - that you are going to have


AND AGAIN, MARCH IS ALMOST HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: If I were a tree you'd say
Last Line: They offered me bluebeard
Subject(s): March (Month); Trees


AND UT PICTURA POESIS IS HER NAME    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


AND YOU KNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The girls, protected by gold wire from the gaze


ANTICIPATED STRANGER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The bruise will stop by later
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


AS YOU CAME FROM THE HOLY LAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Of western new york state
Subject(s): Emptiness; Experience; Time


BAKED ALASKA    Poem Text    
First Line: It will do. It's not
Last Line: That's all there is to say, babe, make it a good one for me
Subject(s): Food & Eating


BLUE SONATA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Long ago was the then beginning to seem like now


BOUNDARY ISSUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Here in life, they would understand


CAESURA    Poem Text    
First Line: Job sat in a corner of the dump eating asparagus
Last Line: The weather of the soul, vandalized, out-at-elbow. A blight, spared though
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


CHINESE WHISPERS    Poem Text    
First Line: And in a little while we broke under the strain


CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: A people chained to aurora


CROSSROADS IN THE PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: That night the wind stirred in the forsythia bushes
Subject(s): Time


CROWD CONDITIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Across the frontier, imperfect sympathies are twinkling
Last Line: Such, my friends, is life wondered the president
Variant Title(s): Always Merry And Bright
Subject(s): Happiness; Life; Joy; Delight


DAFFY DUCK IN HOLLYWOOD    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Movies; Cinema


EL DORADO    Poem Text    
First Line: We have a friend in common, the retired sophomore


EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the outlying districts where we know something
Last Line: And open it in my face. You knew that
Subject(s): Books; Reading


FANTASIA ON THE NUT-BROWN MAID    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Be it right or wrong, these men among


FARM IMPLEMENTS AND RUTABAGAS IN A LANDSCAPE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The first of the undecoded messages read: 'popeye sits in thunder.'
Subject(s): Comic Strips


FAUST    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: If only the phantom would stop reappearing!
Subject(s): Faust; Opera; Phantom Of The Opera (Movie, 1925), The


FEAR OF DEATH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: What is it now with me
Last Line: But the breeze has dropped and silence is the last word
Subject(s): Old Age; Mortality


FIVE PEDANTIC PIECES    Poem Text    
First Line: An idea I had and talked about


FLOW CHART    Poem Text    
First Line: Still in the published city but not yet
Last Line: Put up to warm us and as soon expunged, in part of wholly
Subject(s): Language Poetry; Life


FLOWERING DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Ahead. Starting from the far north, it wanders


FOR JOHN CLARE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Kind of empty in the way it sees everything
Subject(s): Clare, John (1793-1864)


FORGOTTEN SEX    Poem Text    
First Line: They tore down the old movie palaces
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


FRAGMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: The last block is closed in april. You


FRIENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw a cottage in the sky
Last Line: Thre feeling is a jewel like a pearl
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Nijinsky, Vaslav (1890-1950)


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: A great plane flew across the sun
Last Line: Before they get back. And, quivering, I took the pen
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 10    Poem Text    
First Line: Often a strange desire
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 14    Poem Text    
First Line: Heightened with a sense of mysterious confusion, or completion
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Hungeringly, tidbit approached the crone who held the bowl
Last Line: If I had a handle, laure thought
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Out in michigan, or was it minnesota, though, time had stopped
Last Line: Of wood, yet it can cause everything to take place and change for you
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: The thread ended up on the floor
Last Line: And so they left home that day
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GIRLS ON THE RUN: 9    Poem Text    
First Line: And now everyone must sleep
Last Line: On the iniquity scale, and nobody wanted to get involved
Subject(s): Darger, Henry (1892-1972); Girls


GLAZUNOVIANA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The man with the red hat
Subject(s): Bears


GOING AWAY ANY TIME SOON    Poem Text    
First Line: I'll see you in my dreams she said
Last Line: Puckered mists trash the hill ecstatic as lozenges
Subject(s): Abandonment; Dreams; Desertion; Nightmares


GRAND ABACUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps this valley too leads into the head of long-ago days


GRAND GALOP    Poem Text    
First Line: All things seem mention of themselves


HOTEL LAUTRĂ©AMONT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Research has shown that ballads were produced by all of society
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Chaos


HOW TO CONTINUE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Oh there once was a woman
Subject(s): Friendship


IF THE BIRDS KNEW    Poem Text    
First Line: Have their backs turned to the light


IF YOU SAID YOU WOULD COME WITH ME    Poem Text    
First Line: In town it was very urban but in the country cows were covering the hills
Subject(s): Friendship


INSTEAD OF LOSING    Poem Text    
First Line: Anyone, growing up in a space you hadn't used yet


INTO THE DUSK-CHARGED AIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Far from the rappahannock, the silent


IT WAS RAINING IN THE CAPITAL    Poem Text    


JUST WALKING AROUND    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: What name do I have for you
Last Line: But if I am still there, grant that we may see each other
Subject(s): Love


LAST MONTH    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


LATE ECHO    Poem Text    
First Line: Alone with our madness and favorite flower


LEAVE THE HAND IN    Poem Text    
First Line: Furthermore, mr. Tuttle used to have to run in the streets


LEEWARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Up, up it rises


LIKE A SENTENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: How little we know
Subject(s): Life' Time


LOVE IN BOOTS        Recitation


MANY WAGONS AGO    Poem Text    
First Line: At first it was as though you had passed


MEANINGFUL LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: What the bad news was
Subject(s): Maidens


MEDITATIONS OF A PARROT    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh the rocks and the thimble
Last Line: And all day: robin hood! Robin hood!
Subject(s): Parrots


MELODIC TRAINS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: A little girl with scarlet enameled fingernails
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


MORNING JITTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: And the storm re-established itself
Subject(s): Storms; Night; Bedtime


MOTTLED TUESDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Something was about to go laughably wrong


MY EROTIC DOUBLE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Self; Love - Erotic


MY PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Just when I thought there wasn't room enough


MYRTLE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: How funny your name would be
Last Line: Do what I want to do. But I want to stay here
Subject(s): Names


NOT ONLY / BUT ALSO    Poem Text    
First Line: Having transferred the one to the other


ON HIS RELUCTANCE TO TAKE DOWN THE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: A nice. Normal morning
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


OSTENSIBLY    Poem Text    
First Line: One might like to rest or read


OUR YOUTH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Of bricks. Who built it? Like some crazy balloon
Subject(s): Youth


PARADOXES AND OXYMORONS    Poem Text    
First Line: This poem is concerned with language on a very plain level
Subject(s): Language; Poetry & Poets; Words; Vocabulary


PYROGRAPHY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Out here on cottage grove it matters. The galloping
Subject(s): United States; America


RIDDLE ME    Poem Text    
First Line: Rainy days are best


RITUAL II    Poem Text    
First Line: When the maids returned with the oil they'd bought


RIVERS AND MOUNTAINS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: On the secret map the assassins
Subject(s): Separation; War; Cities; Urban Life


ROBIN HOOD'S BARN        Recitation by Author


ROOF ARTIST    Poem Text    
First Line: Crash baby, the new recruits have arrived


SCHEHERAZADE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Unsupported by reason's enigma


SELF-PORTRAIT IN A CONVEX MIRROR    Poem Text    
First Line: As parmigianino did it, the right hand


SLEEPERS AWAKE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Cervantes was asleep when he wrote don quixote
Subject(s): Writing & Writers; Sleep


SNOW FENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dieting aids posture


SOME TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: These are amazing: each
Subject(s): Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


SOONEST MENDED    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Barely tolerated, living on the margin
Subject(s): Language; Time; Words; Vocabulary


SORTES VERGILIANAE    Poem Text    
First Line: You have been living now for a long time and there is nothing you do not know
Last Line: Only long patience, as the star climbs and sinks, leaving illumuniation to the setting sun
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Without thinking too much about it


STREET MUSICIANS    Poem Text    
First Line: One died, and the soul was wrenched out
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Homeless


SYRINGA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Orpheus liked the glad personal quality


TAHITI TROT    Poem Text    
First Line: We close in on ourselves


TERNINAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Didn't you get my card?
Last Line: In the garden, it can be anything
Subject(s): Speeches & Addresses; Travel


THE BUNGALOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Impatient as we were for all of them to join us


THE HISTORY OF MY LIFE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Once upon a time there were two brothers
Last Line: It up for what seemed like months or years
Subject(s): History; Life; Historians


THE ICE-CREAM WARS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Although I mean it, and project the meaning
Last Line: A randomness, a darkness of one's own
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


THE IDIOT    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh how this sullen, careless world


THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: As I sit looking out of a window of the building
Last Line: Rights reserved.
Subject(s): Boredom; Dreams; Guadalajara; Imagination; Ennui; Nightmares; Fancy


THE LAUGHTER OF DEAD MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Candid jeremiads drizzle from his lips
Last Line: And all the singular adventures it implies
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


THE NEW HIGHER    Poem Text    
First Line: You meant more than life to me. I lived through


THE PAINTER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Sitting between the sea and the buildings
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


THE PIED PIPER    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the day's crust a half-eaten child


THE PROBLEM OF ANXIETY    Poem Text    
First Line: Fifty years have passed
Last Line: From the bronze mantel, and will never be appeased
Subject(s): Anxiety; Time


THE RECENT PAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps we ought to feel with more imagination
Subject(s): Separation


THE SPACIOUS FIRMAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Say that this is a street therefore people walk down it
Last Line: No, something to lug up behind the office at noon
Subject(s): Change


THE SUN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The watermark said it was alone with us


THE TENNIS COURT OATH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: What had you been thinking about


THEME    Poem Text    
First Line: If I were a piano shawl


THESE LACUSTRINE CITIES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: These lacustrine cities grew out of loathing
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


THEY DREAM ONLY OF AMERICA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author


THIS ROOM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The room I entered was a dream of this room
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


THOUGHTS OF A YOUNG GIRL    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: It is such a beautiful day I had to write you a letter
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


TOO MUCH SLEEP IS BAD    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't have a chronic cough


TOWER OF DARKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot remain outside any longer


TRAIN RISING OUT OF THE SEA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It is written in the book of usable minutes


UNRELEASED MOVIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Let's start in the middle as usual. Ever since I burnt my mouth


UPTICK    Poem Text    
First Line: We were sitting there, and


WHAT IS POETRY    Poem Text    
First Line: The medieval town, with frieze / of boy scouts from nagoa?
Last Line: It might give us--what?--some flowers soon?
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets