A poet often quoted in books by Tim Powers
and James P. Blaylock
. He is, in fact, a fictional creation of Powers and Blaylock. According to an interview
Ashbless was created in response to the "free-verse
, unpunctuated, unrhymed hippie
drivel" published in their school paper.
Ashbless first appeard in general publication, and as a character, in Blaylock's The Digging Leviathan and Powers's The Anubis Gates. His first collected book of poetry, On Pirates is due out in 2001.