Ashbery

As in his oeuvre, Flow Chart, I see him as someone who would use a fine gift wrapper--flimsy, white and stiff like a mast on those scale models of ships--for a jack-in-the-box. Besides him were three things: a cigarette on an ashtray, longing for a slight flick of ash; a book about embroidery; and a bowl of walnuts to chew.