A Worldly Country: New Poems

Paperback | February 5, 2008

byJohn Ashbery

not yet rated|write a review

Thrill of a Romance

It's different when you have hiccups.
Everything is—so many glad hands competing
for your attention, a scarf, a puff of soot,
or just a blast of silence from a radio.
What is it? That's for you to learn
to your dismay when, at the end of a long queue
in the cafeteria, tray in hand, they tell you the gate closed down
after the Second World War. Syracuse was declared capital
of a nation in malaise, but the directorate
had other, hidden goals. To proclaim logic
a casualty of truth was one.

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.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$17.99

In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

Thrill of a Romance It's different when you have hiccups. Everything is—so many glad hands competing for your attention, a scarf, a puff of soot, or just a blast of silence from a radio. What is it? That's for you to learn to your dismay when, at the end of a long queue in the cafeteria, tray in hand, they tell you the gate closed down...

John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, in 1927. He is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, includingQuick Question;Planisphere;Notes from the Air;A Worldly Country;Where Shall I Wander; andSelf- Portrait in a Convex Mirror, which received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the N...

other books by John Ashbery

Self-portrait In A Convex Mirror: Poems
Self-portrait In A Convex Mirror: Poems

Paperback|Jan 1 1990

$17.04 online$23.00list price(save 25%)
John Ashbery: Collected Poems 1956-1987
John Ashbery: Collected Poems 1956-1987

Hardcover|Oct 2 2008

$37.93 online$42.00list price(save 9%)
Commotion of the Birds: New Poems
Commotion of the Birds: New Poems

Hardcover|Nov 1 2016

$25.36 online$28.50list price(save 11%)
see all books by John Ashbery
Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.24 inPublished:February 5, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061173843

ISBN - 13:9780061173844

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of A Worldly Country: New Poems

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

“With this latest collection, A Worldly Country, the prolific author continues to cement his place in the canon.”