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Words to live by

Critically acclaimed poet John Ashbery says the beauty of poetry is its impracticality. Critically acclaimed poet John Ashbery says the beauty of poetry is its impracticality. (Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times/File 2007)
By Irene Sege
Globe Staff / April 25, 2009

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John Ashbery returns to Harvard on Thursday to receive his alma mater's Arts Medal six decades after he graduated. The 81-year-old poet has won virtually every major literary award, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award. He spoke via telephone from his home in Hudson, N.Y. Here is an edited and condensed ... (Full article: 471 words)

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