By John Ashbery
For a publication through one of many best avant-garde poets of recent literature, John Ashbery's April Galleons is suffused with voices from the previous. There are echoes of the Romantics within the elegiac "A temper of Quiet Beauty" and "Vetiver," allusions to ballads and folkloric epics in "Finnish Rhapsody" and "Forgotten Song," and veiled references to legends, folks songs, and fairy stories. yet as constantly with Ashbery, the fashionable global is the microphone by which those earlier voices are made to talk, amplified and invigorated through Ashbery's signature wit and generosity of spirit.
A finalist for the nationwide publication Critics Circle Award within the 12 months during which it was once first released, April Galleons is a must-read assortment from a striking interval in John Ashbery's lengthy and lauded career.
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It seemed essential to build a house. Clouds were gathering. They perturbed the Minister. He complained that I did not believe in his extraordinary world. . I could not accept that they were so many, and was overcome on the banks of the canal. . Colleagues, I had done some thinking about Genesis 1:2 and was becoming emotional so yes, I followed him with reddish eyes, a man of words. Finally the road stopped— the untoward road, the road made of blood— and in the light of the fire continuing forward I approached a closed door in the field.
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April Galleons by John Ashbery