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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
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."
...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
Christian Caryl
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.
I don't normally enjoy poetry, but this book had been growing on me (much like a poetic fungus?)
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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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