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September 06, 2017


David, I met you in 1975, I believe. John's book, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, had either just come out, or was about to. I remember how excited you were. I tried to read it but didn't quite get it. But I also remember that you gave your early book of poems the title, Some Nerve, after John's, Some Trees. That was an amazing time to be young and alive!

Thanks for this, David. You were lucky to have known him so well for so long, and so was he.

A poem in tribute:

Ashbery Met in Heaven by John Cage

--R.S. Gwynn

great tribute David...thank you for it...

David, such wonderful writing, such sad news. I wrote this in 88 --

When we meet him
On the street, all
We can say is

Thank you, David. Though we all knew it was coming, hearing the news was still hard. Reading your comments gives the necessary reminder: we will always have John Ashbery.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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