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John Ashbery

John Lawrence Ashbery (born July 28, 1927) is an American poet. He has published more than twenty volumes of poetry and won nearly every major American award for poetry, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his collection Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. Renowned for its postmodern complexity and opacity, Ashbery's work still proves controversial. Ashbery has stated that he wishes his work to be accessible to as many people as possible, and not to be a private dialogue with himself. At the same time, he once joked that some critics still view him as "a harebrained, homegrown surrealist whose poetry defies even the rules and logic of Surrealism."

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    Summer involves going down as a steep flight of steps
    To a narrow ledge over the water. Is this it, then,
    This iron comfort, these reasonable taboos,
    Or did you mean it when you stopped? And the face
    Resembles yours, the one reflected in the water.
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    “You the one, I the few”
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    He walks in his sleep into your life.
    He is worth knowing only for the children
    He has reared as savages in Utah.
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