John Ashbery On Poetry

John Ashbery (July 28, 1927 - September 03, 2017)

John Ashbery (July 28, 1927 - September 03, 2017)

I don't quite understand about understanding poetry. I experience poems with pleasure: whether I understand them or not I'm not quite sure. I don't want to read something I already know or which is going to slide down easily: there has to be some crunch, a certain amount of resilience.