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By John Ashbery

For a ebook via one of many major avant-garde poets of contemporary literature, John Ashbery's April Galleons is suffused with voices from the previous. There are echoes of the Romantics within the elegiac "A temper of Quiet Beauty" and "Vetiver," allusions to ballads and folkloric epics in "Finnish Rhapsody" and "Forgotten Song," and veiled references to legends, people songs, and fairy stories. yet as consistently with Ashbery, the trendy international is the microphone by which those previous voices are made to talk, amplified and invigorated by means of Ashbery's signature wit and generosity of spirit.

A finalist for the nationwide booklet Critics Circle Award within the 12 months within which it was once first released, April Galleons is a must-read assortment from a outstanding interval in John Ashbery's lengthy and lauded career.

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Sure, he said. Trying to act cool. Sure. No problem. 44 - Phases I I COULD go with you. You said you figured I had plans—it was Saturday night, wasn’t it? I said I didn’t want to go out with Michelle. I wanted to go with you. You shrugged. I followed you around the house. You wet your face and head in the sink and shook off the droplets of water and wiped your eyes with the back of your hand and looked at yourself. You weren’t wearing a shirt. The mermaid tattoo looked dark and painful against your white skin.

We wondered what happened when the car hit her, and then we tried not to think about it in spite of our nightmares, which were like a collective one that didn’t seem like it would end. We all cried for a week. Girls bursting into hysterical sobs, collapsing on the track, screaming in math class. Her mom invited all the girls to come over and 31 take one item of clothing if we wanted. I wanted this one fluffy baby blue sweater but I couldn’t bring myself to take it. It seemed like a sacred thing, a relic.

He granted her wish but she got older and older smaller and smaller shriveled finally to nothing. 25 - Kids Who Died I REMEMBER WHEN Marty Fallbrook died. He was this skinny boy with buckteeth. He was in love with Michelle and she was better to him than a lot of girls would have been. She didn’t laugh at him. She told him gently that she couldn’t go to the dance with him, that she liked to dance with her friends. She let go of Billy Ellis’s hand when she saw Marty in the hall. Marty laughed a lot.

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