There are poets whose work I read because I enjoy reading it, I find it beautiful, and then there are others whose poetry seems much more stimulating. I think writers tend to read things that will stimulate their writing. I am always rather envious of the general reader who can read without taking that into consideration.

John Ashbery (P.N. Review, January-February 1999)


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