So...not a fan. I wonder if I had Ashbery confused with someone else (as happens with me) when I bought this whenever I did. It's strange: you don't know where the poems are going to go, which is typically desirable. But it's like being taken round by a tour guide, and you may not know where you're going to be taken, but everywhere you end up is boring. And the tour guide is boring and sort of pretentious, too. The poems, their language and subjects, just feel flat to me.The exception is the titular, closing poem, which is amazing and to which I'll return.