A bold, striking new collection of poems from one of Americas most influential and inventive poets. With more than twenty poetry collections to his name, John Ashbery is one of our most agile, philosophically complex, and visionary poets. In Breezeway, Ashberys powers of observation are at their most astute; his insight at its most penetrating.
Demonstrating his extraordinary command of language and his ability to move fluidly and elegantly between wide-ranging thoughts and ideasfrom the irreverent and slyly humorous to the tender, the sad, and the heartbreakingAshbery shows that he is a virtuoso fluent in diverse styles and tones of language, from the chatty and whimsical to the lyrical and urbane. Filled with allusions to literature and art, as well as to the absurdities and delights of the everyday world around us, Ashberys poems are haunting, surprising, hilarious, and knowing all at once, the work of a master craftsman with a keen understanding of the age in which he lives and writes, an age whose fears and fragmentation he conjures and critiques with humor, pathos, and a provocative wit. Vital and imaginative, Ashberys poems not only touch on the "big questions" and crises of life in the twenty-first century, but also delicately capture the small moments between and among people.
Imaginative, linguistically dazzling, and artistically ambitious, Breezeway is John Ashberys sharpest and most arresting collection yet.