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John Ashbery

Datum narození: 28. červenec 1927

John Ashbery je americký básník, kritik a novinář.

Citáty John Ashbery


„Žiju v následujícím paradoxu: jsem významný básník, ale nikdo mi nerozumí. Moje básně znamenají to, co říkají, ale není tu žádné poselství, nic jimi světu nechci říct, jenom to, o čem přemýšlím, když píšu.“

„Rád o svojej poézii uvažujem ako o hudbe - aby ste zistili, aký má zmysel, musíte si ju vypočuť až do konca.“


„Väčšinou píšem tak hodinu, možno dve hodiny denne, ak som naozaj inšpirovaný. Lenže potom vznikne problém, čo so zvyšnými dvadsiatimi dvoma alebo dvadsiatimi tromi hodinami? Mám pocit, že by som asi mal robiť niečo zmysluplné. Lenže čo?“

„Somewhere someone is traveling furiously toward you,
At incredible speed, traveling day and night,
Through blizzards and desert heat, across torrents,
through narrow passes.
But will he know where to find you,
Recognize you when he sees you,
Give you the thing he has for you?“

„Most reckless things are beautiful in some way, and recklessness is what makes experimental art beautiful, just as religions are beautiful because of the strong possibilities that they are founded on nothing.“

„In the increasingly convincing darkness
The words become palpable, like a fruit
That is too beautiful to eat.“

„The summer demands and takes away too much. /But night, the reserved, the reticent, gives more than it takes“ Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

„until only infinity remained of beauty“ Some Trees


„Things can harden meaningfully in the moment of indecision“ Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

„How many people came and stayed a certain time,
Uttered light or dark speech that became part of you
Like light behind windblown fog and sand
Filtered and influenced by it, until no part
Remains that is surely you.“

„Once you've lived in France, you don't want to live anywhere else, including France.“

„Just when I thought there wasn't room enough
for another thought in my head, I had this great idea“


„The first year was like icing. Then the cake started to show through …“

„I tried each thing, only some were immortal and free.“ Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

„The evening light was like honey in the trees
When you left me and walked to the end of the street
Where the sunset abruptly ended.
The wedding-cake drawbridge lowered itself
To the fragile forget-me-not flower.
You climbed aboard.

Burnt horizons suddenly paved with golden stones,
Dreams I had, including suicide,
Puff out the hot-air balloon now.
It is bursting, it is about to burst“

„So one can lose a good idea
by not writing it down, yet by losing it one can have it: it nourishes other asides
it knows nothing of, would not recognize itself in, yet when the negotiations
are terminated, speaks in the acts of that progenitor, and does
recognize itself, is grateful for not having done so earlier.“
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