Here at SPD, our hearts go out to the friends and loved ones of poet, icon and visionary writer John Ashbery, whose work has inspired countless other writers and members of our literary community. Over the years, Ashbery was a great supporter and mentor of younger poets, but also a believer in building infrastructure to help the literary community thrive. His generosity towards SPD was greatly appreciated and meant the world to us.
Although this is a great loss for us all, we hope the next few days will mean a collective celebration of Ashbery's work over his long life - its complexity, beauty and sharpness. Here's a few good places to start:
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