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John Ashbery
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John Ashbery (1927–2017) was one of the greatest twentieth-century American poets and the recipient of nearly every major American award for poetry. He was the author of more than twenty books, including BreezewayQuick Question (both Ecco); Planisphere (HarperCollins); A Worldly Country (Ecco); Where Shall I Wander (HarperCollins); Chinese WhispersYour Name HereGirls on the Run: A PoemWakefulnessCan You Hear, BirdAnd the Stars Were Shining (all Farrar, Straus and Giroux); Hotel LautrémontFlow Chart (both Alfred A. Knopf); and April Galleons (Penguin).

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Vol. 73
Earth Elegies
Fall 2019
Edited by Bradford Morrow

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January 14, 2020
We found the laptop in Cressey’s round room. It was black, thin, light as wood, and belonged to Dr. Marcus, the man who came on to me once, the one who smokes dope in the eaves, the philologist or psychologist. I can’t get these “terms” straight in my head anymore, what with these drugs they feed us. The afternoon pills, especially.
January 7, 2020
We turn the floodlights on the actors, extras in one of the world’s great short stories, surprising them mid-escapade, nocturnal animals caught playing dress up with our clothing, our fanciest possessions. Pearl choker on a possum, suit jacket on a raccoon. A skunk, a lynx, two tubby foxes moonlighting as twin nephews or as young men dating our daughters.
December 17, 2019
Though we mocked Dad mercilessly, our mocking was such as to lead him on convincingly. Dad! There is hope for you if, say, you are struck by lightning. So often did he sulk out on the balcony that he did seem to be inviting a strike. Or a stumble.
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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe & Bar Celebrates the New Earth Elegies Issue
Thursday, January 30, 2020
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe & Bar, 126 Crosby St., New York, NY 10012