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John Ashbery

John Ashbery

John Ashbery (1927-2017) was one of America's leading poets. In 1976 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, in 1984 he won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for A Wave, and throughout his career John has won nearly every other major US poetry prize.

'Feel Free', a new poem by John Ashbery

November 2011, no. 336 25 October 2011
Our competing lifestyles lost us the Australian double that semester. And couldn’t we then arrange to do the other, and was the desert that limitless, and why not say so? You see, griping comes naturally to me and to all mankind. Once, when shut up at the bottom of a shaft of some kind, I assumed that the world would just trickle naturally around whatever feet I was wearing, and increased morbid ... (read more)