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- Print Length: 157 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media; 1st edition (September 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: September 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MP21O9W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
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“The career of a great writer must be one of constant self-renewal, and [Hotel Lautréamont] provides evidence of [Ashbery’s] continuing poetic development. The epic intent of his previous volume, Flow Chart, has been replaced here by the more characteristic mood of his lyrics and elegies; but these are shorter poems which display an increased command of language and of form. Stemming in part from Mallarmé and in part from Whitman, Ashbery’s work creates a tension in which the fine networks of linguistic reverie are balanced by the strong sense of an American tradition.” —Peter Ackroyd, The Times Literary Supplement
“Like Emerson’s essay ‘Experience,’ these poems lament that the magnitude of what we feel is so much less than the magnitude of our losses. . . . And for all the talk by academic critics of difficulty in his work, Mr. Ashbery is extremely forgiving, a poet, like Wordsworth, of superb passages who doesn’t insist that one dig out the gold in every line. His virtuosity is amiable, never affecting to dangle readers over the abyss.” —Tom Sleigh, The New York Times
“Ashbery’s phrases always feel newly minted; his poems emphasize verbal surprise and delight, not the ways that linguistic patterns restrict us. This sense of freedom is produced by Ashbery’s diction (no American poet has had a larger, more diverse vocabulary, not Whitman, not Pound) as well as his formal choices. . . . Yet his work is permeated by a sense of urgency. He writes to outpace his last thought, refusing to rest in it, proceeding at a rate that is not hurried but dogged, in it for the long haul.” —Langdon Hammer, The New York Times Book Review
“Hotel Lautréamont traces an exile—an ambulatory self-exile in both senses of the term: of the voluntarily chosen, deeply wanted, and escorted, and of the self that walks out on the self until it runs out of land. . . . Ashbery’s exile is positive, the fulfillment of a promise, the reconciliation with a stranger who never faces you, but keeps looking onward, drawing you out. In his configuration, exile is the refusal to be rendered homeless by constituting that home everywhere.” —Cole Swensen, Conjunctions
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This book will shatter and repair your imagination like fog made of glass.
PS: The uninformed slur on General Grant is worthy of a duel!