John Ashbery's new collection speaks from the haunted, ambiguous cities of the twenty-first century.
These are the landscapes of the worldly country we have created, both ominous and absurd.
Perspectives dissolve into dazzle. The clock is ticking: we are on the wrong set and the cameras are rolling.
Ashbery's supple, vigorous idiom conjures an unpredictable world, astonished by moments of piercing directness: the pause to share a winter pear, the sudden apprehension that the places we left fallow 'will be cultivated by another'. "A Worldly Country" tells us where we are, now exhilarating, now vertiginous; full of heartbreak and (as always with Ashbery) full of every kind of mirth, from the most sombre to the most enchanted.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 76 pages
- Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 22/02/2007
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781857549195