Chinese Whispers

By John Ashbery

The child’s online game chinese language Whispers, recognized in the USA as cellphone, is an workout in remodeling the recognizable into whatever fantastically unusual. John Ashbery’s twenty-fourth number of poems, chinese language Whispers, re-creates in each line the by accident transformative good judgment of the language video game for which the publication is termed. In sixty-three charged and infrequently very humorous poems, Ashbery confronts the relentlessness of age and time whereas demonstrating, in his unmistakable, self-reflexive variety, the method during which a unmarried inspiration unravels, multiplies, distends, travels, and eventually arrives, replaced and unfamiliar.

First released in 2002, presently after Ashbery’s seventy-fifth birthday, chinese language Whispers is a set within which fairy stories, mysteries, and magic dollhouses interleave without problems with the standard of pancakes and pop culture. Ashbery’s language is basically recognizable from smooth existence because it is skilled, yet even as is as dreamlike and disquieting as intercepted transmissions from one other international.

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