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Breezeway (Paperback)

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Paperback 121 Pages / Published: 25/06/2015
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The poems in Breezeway move lightly between the everyday world, with its pleasures and absurdities, and the worlds of literature and art, with theirs. John Ashbery's poems are haunting, surprising, hilarious, and knowing, the work of an old and always a new master with an uncanny understanding of our age, its fears and fragmentation, its fulfilments. Here is Mr Salteena and the station of the Metro, demystified Middle English mysticism and a peculiarly-paced samba, a drugstore, a supermarket, Batman and his dog Pastor Fido, all concluding in 'A Sweet Disorder', in which Herrick is decisively transformed: 'Pardon my sarong. I'll have a Shirley Temple.'

Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781784101152
Number of pages: 121
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"John Ashbery's Breezeway is one of the most anticipated collections of the year. Readers who appreciate his mind-bending work will find the same kind of challenging richness he has offered in more than 20 collections of poetry."--Washington Post
As always, his poems evoke the sound of a single voice engaged in simultaneous multiple conversations. . . . Ashbery remains an engaging trickster, still able to slip the occasional shrewd commentary ("Our networks will be joining you in progress") into the playfully distracting chaos."--Library Journal
"One of the most anticipated poetry collections this spring, Breezeway is delightfully ambitious and imaginative - which is to say, everything we've come to expect from Ashbery."--Buzzfeed
"John Ashbery is the Walt Whitman of our postwar pop age, the prolific chronicler of American consciousness...Yet his long career has proven resilient precisely because-like few other species of modern poetics-he's been so joyously able to absorb and adapt...Breezeway...is one of his best books."--Interview
"Ashbery's familiar charms are all in evidence: his playful style and his stylish play, his knack for bent idiom and his rhetorical questions."--Boston Globe
"If you've ever had trouble appreciating the disjunctive, not entirely sensical work of America's most celebrated living poet, try reading it out loud after getting high. Studies show that this method is most effective with Ashbery's later work, so no harm starting your experiments with his excellent new collection."--New York magazine

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