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August 25, 2005

Ashbery Speaks!

by Ron Hogan

So there's this tribute to Walt Whitman at the Strand tonight (6:30 p.m.), where Frederic Tuten is introducing a bunch of poets--Macgregor Card, Tom Devaney, Marcella Durand, Chris Edgar, Peter Gizzi, Robert Kelly, Lisa Lubasch, Joan Retallack, Lytle Shaw, and Elizabeth Willis--reciting their own Whitman-inspired verse, while Francine du Plessix Gray reads French tranlsations of Leaves of Grass. And that's all fine and dandy, but now word comes in that John Ashbery's joined the lineup as well!

Adjust your plans accordingly. If I didn't have a story due tomorrow...

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