With more than twenty poetry collections to his name, John Ashbery is one of our most agile, philosophically complex, and visionary poets. In Breezeway, Ashbery s powers of observation are at their most astute; his insight at its most penetrating. Filled with allusions to literature and art, as well as to the absurdities and delights of the everyday world around us, Ashbery s poems are haunting, surprising, hilarious, and knowing all at once, the work of a master craftsman with a keen understanding of the age in which he lives and writes, an age whose fears and fragmentation he conjures and critiques with humor, pathos, and a provocative wit.
No one writing poems in the English language is likelier than Ashbery to survive the severe judgments of time....He is joining that American sequence that includes Whitman, Dickinson, Stevens, and Hart Crane. Harold Bloom<