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John Ashbery

The poem is sad because it wants to be yours, and cannot be.

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I like poems you can tack all over with a hammer and there are no hollow places.

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I write with experiences in mind, but I don't write about them, I write out of them.

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There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.

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I don't look on poetry as closed works. I feel they're going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length.

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