Hotel Lautréamont

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Hotel Lautréamont
First edition
Author John Ashbery
Cover artist Joseph Cornell
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date
Pages 157
ISBN 0679415122

Hotel Lautréamont is a 1992 poetry collection by the American writer John Ashbery. The title comes from the symbolist poet Comte de Lautréamont.


Barbara Everett of The Independent described the language of the book as "dislocated, dehistoricised, only making meaning if treated as a purely verbal pleasure. Language used like this restricts itself to an excessively thin power of expression. At the precise point at which the reader might trust a poetic world or style, the poem changes gear." Everett continued: "The most intellectually classy of early Christian heresies was Gnosticism, which denied the real existence of bodies, or their importance (if they existed): Jesus may have been born, but he certainly didn't die. The post-modern feeling for language is similar: words may be written, but can't mean. The result in Ashbery's case is some interesting exercises du style. But real poems are being written in England, in Australia, the Caribbean and the US by at least a dozen English-speaking poets who are committed to a language that lives and dies."[1]

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  1. ^ Everett, Barbara (1993-02-20). "Blue snow and green cream". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-03-22.