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The Double Dream of Spring

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Paperback, 95 pages
Published 1976 by Ecco Press (first published January 1st 1970)
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Jason Lester
May 25, 2015 Jason Lester rated it it was amazing
Some of Ashbery's most mystical, beautiful poetry is in this volume. I particularly love "Sunrise in Suburbia".

"Face to kiss and the wonderful hair curling down/Into margins that care and are swept up again like branches/Into actual closeness/And the little things that lighten the day/The kindness of acts long forgotten/Which give us history and faith/And parting at night, next to oceans, like the collapse of dying."
Dec 23, 2007 Jennifer rated it really liked it
...This was our ambition: to be small and clear and free.
Alas, the summer’s energy wanes quickly,
A moment and it is gone. And no longer
May we make the necessary arrangements, simple as they are.
Our star was brighter perhaps when it had water in it.
Now there is no question even of that, but only
Of holding on to the hard earth so as not to get thrown off,
With an occasional dream, a vision: a robin flies across
The upper corner of the window, you brush your hair away
And cannot quite see, or a wound
Jan 27, 2016 i! rated it liked it
"I say this because there is an uneasiness in things just now. Waiting for something to be over before you are forced to notice it. The pollarded trees scarcely bucking the wind—and yet it's keen, it makes you fall over. Clabbered sky."—For John Clare

French Poems is awesome.

"Variations, Calypso and Fugue on a Theme of Ella Wheeler Wilcox" is a fucking mess. Ashbury can call it a fugue if he wants.

I skimmed about half of the last half; a lot of it devolves into a lot of grey, abstract, subjectles
Christian Caryl
Apr 13, 2013 Christian Caryl rated it really liked it
Nailing down consciousness is a bit like trying to catch a fish in a stream with your bare hands. Few writers succeed in rendering the effort as well as Ashbery.
Oct 01, 2007 Bill rated it liked it
I don't normally enjoy poetry, but this book had been growing on me (much like a poetic fungus?)
G jara
Jul 03, 2016 G jara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nunca entendí nada. Tiene imágenes bien fuertes. Apocalíptico.
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John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, in 1927. He earned degrees from Harvard and Columbia, and he traveled as a Fulbright Scholar to France in 1955. Best known as a poet, he has published more than twenty collections, most recently A Worldly Country (Ecco, 2007). His Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (Viking, 1975) won the three major American prizes: the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, ...more
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