Tag Archives: John Ashbery

Out of the Shadows with Maldoror

Parle, et, puisque, d’après tes vœux les plus chers, l’on ne souffrirait pas, dis en quoi consisterait alors la vertu, idéal que chacun s’efforce d’atteindre, si ta langue est faite comme celle des autres hommes. —Lautréamont, Les Chants de Maldoror … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Roussellâtre

or, simply this: I am not fluent in French and therefore have no real right to call myself a Roussellâtre, considering some of his principle works have never been translated into English.

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Bataille on Baudelaire

I belong to a turbulent generation, born to literary life in the tumult of surrealism. In the years after the Great War there was a feeling which was about to overflow. Literature was stifling within its limitations and seemed pregnant … Continue reading

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Writing ‘Down Impassive Rivers I Tried Each Thing’

The poem came about through my interest in a single word: packet. About a week ago I discovered one of my favorite writers—Michael Brodsky—has been writing a blog going by the description “thought packets”. I tried to explain the thrill … Continue reading

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Another Sweet Disorder

I’ve been working on some prose fiction for the past couple of weeks, for me a frustrating process of leaving the commas out, putting them in, taking them out again, then putting them back in. I should be in more … Continue reading

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Honored Guest by John Ashbery

In an alternate universe, Honored Guest is the work of a John Ashbery who never became famous.

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The Poetry of Kenneth Fearing

I’m falling in love with Kenneth Fearing: Selected Poems, a book I stumbled across in a used bookstore.

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