A Worldly Country: New Poems by John Ashbery

By John Ashbery

Thrill of a Romance

It's assorted when you've got hiccups.
every little thing is—so many blissful palms competing
on your realization, a headband, a gasp of soot,
or simply a blast of silence from a radio.
what's it? That's so that you can examine
on your dismay whilst, on the finish of an extended queue
within the cafeteria, tray in hand, they let you know the gate closed down
after the second one international conflict. Syracuse was once declared capital
of a country in malaise, however the directorate
had different, hidden ambitions. To proclaim good judgment
a casualty of fact was once one.

Everyone's solitude (and ensuing promiscuity)
perfumed the byways of villages we had suggestion civilized.
I observed you watching for a streetcar and pressed ahead.
lamentably, you have been just a baby in armor. Now while ribald toasts
sail around a desk too reasonable laid out, why the results
are just airborne dirt and dust, sickness and outdated age. friendly thoughts
are only that. So I channel no matter what
into my contingency, a vein of mercury
that retains breaking out, larger up, extra on time
whenever. Dirndls noticed with out of date vegetation,
worn within the urban back, advertise open discussion.

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Everyone’s solitude (and resulting promiscuity) perfumed the byways of villages we had thought civilized. I saw you waiting for a streetcar and pressed forward. Alas, you were only a child in armor. Now when ribald toasts sail round a table too fair laid out, why the consequences are only dust, disease and old age. Pleasant memories are just that. So I channel whatever into my contingency, a vein of mercury that keeps breaking out, higher up, more on time every time. Dirndls spotted with obsolete flowers, worn in the city again, promote open discussion.

Say no to nothing is my credo and pocket veto. All joiners are smooth, low-bidders and incurable romantics alike. I’ll post the banns, send out invitations, polish toenails, describe moot situations to the skeptical. You rest the same. 53 A Small Table in the Street Less and less sightly, Lord! The cheap shots you sent us yesterday are back today in force, mouthing with precision whatever wisdom is printed on the wrapper’s verso. Let no one draw strength from that. Our climate turns its face toward the heights again.

Turns out many of our shared concerns are identical. But—and here she was emphatic— None of us knows the extent of the other’s capacity. Because of what ails the story his dreamaround became more dangerous. We went there. Think that all is not as we left it. And not dying for everything, Karsavina paused, shrugged, got on with it, got back on the bus, north until a few weeks ago. A collective European rhythm pierced the veil with sighs. Out of the dust rose a new Ritz de la Riviera. Why must it explode?

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