Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Great Regulars: The language here moves from the intimate

to the cinematic, before [John] Ashbery delivers an image in which the poem itself becomes a commodity and steps into the landscape--"Somewhere in America someone is trying to figure out/how to pay for this." It's very much a lyric of the moment, tentatively exploring how nations perceive themselves and each other as financial structures, and the countless small-scale decisions that make up such systems. The poem continues, carried forward by the impulse to open further doors, to let in more light--"Somewhere/in America the lonely enchanted eye each other/on a bus."

from Charles Bainbridge: The Guardian: Quick Question by John Ashbery--review


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