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John Ashbery

John Lawrence Ashbery (born July 28, 1927) is an American poet. He has published more than twenty volumes of poetry and won nearly every major American award for poetry, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his collection Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.

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Souvenirs of a Life: Collages by John Ashbery & Guy Maddin
Happy 90th birthday to the ultimately unfathomable, unending, unbelievably un-uncool John Ashbery.
Happy birthday to the seriously groovy John Ashbery, who is a mere 90 years old today.
I tend to turn to the Wyatt Mason collected but there are better translations of individual poems.…
John Ashbery and Raymond Rousell: Legacy in contemporary Art. Wednesday 14th at 7pm.
Next Wednesday @ 7pm at the Cervantes Institute NYC, the Raymond Roussel Society is honoring member John Ashbery.…
This was the poem of the day last year:. Spring Day by John Ashbery.
Just played: The Couple in the Next Room - John Ashbery - Reading at the Kelly Writers House, February 11, 2013
Our Critic's Pick: The early promise and tumultuous events of John Ashbery's early years, from
...but I didn't resist this bundle of poetry books... John Ashbery and Paul Durcan.
True, many die young but am also glad others live and write into their old years (for example one…
"Wanting to write something I could think only of my own ideas..." —John Ashbery
Started Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery at midnight, a first reading, and suddenly it was 1.30...
All along, John Ashbery has been writing poems the way a butcher stuffs sausages.
Not one poem in this collection makes any sense to me, alas. Not one.
It's to try to write when you are in the wrong or when the weather is wrong. —John Ashbery.
Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape - John Ashbery
I'm not Catholic myself, btw. Just a silly old Episcopalian, like John Ashbery.
New Decals of Desire: downloadable pdf with tributes to Tom Raworth from Ashbery
Luck turned John Ashbery into a major poet and 'Born New Yorker'
A tribute to Tom Raworth from over 20 poets, including John Ashbery, Fanny Howe, Ron Padgett, & Anne Waldman
"A few weeks ago I dreamed that I visited with John Ashbery at his home, which was a farm.
"There is no such thing as a great rosé." -John Ashbery
Just played: Crossroads in the Past - John Ashbery - The New York Review of Books Podcast, February 21, 2009
Matthew Bevis reviews himself in this review of Karin Roffman's exquisite biography of John Ashbery | via
Rainy days are best, . There is some permanence in the angle . That things make with the ground . -John Ashbery
John Ashbery: outtakes from the film series, USA: Poetry.
Ok, next generalization: If the poem sounds just like John Ashbery, it's not a good poem, it's a poem that sounds just like John Ashbery.
How much longer will I be able to inhabit the divine sepulcher / Of life, my great love?. - 1952 Discovery contest winner John Ashbery
Here's a sneak peek of John Ashbery's Nest, a tour of the poet's home with audio clips from Ashbery himself https:/…
"the horny grocery boy may be the god Pan in disguise" thank god for john ashbery tbh
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"Still in the published city but not yet overtaken ..." John Ashbery, FLOWCHART (Knopf, 1991).
Barely tolerated, living on the margin. In our technological society, we were always having to be rescued. —John Ashbery
And now there is no help for it but to be cast adrift in the new month.—John Ashbery, from "The System."
No one asked, but I think these US poets are Nobel-worthy: John Ashbery, Richard Wilbur, Mary Oliver, Rita Dove, Rae Armantrout. Many more.
Amazing readings at Yale this fall: Elizabeth Alexander, John Ashbery, Susan Howe, Fred Moten, Carolyn Forche, more
I write with experiences in mind, but I don't write about them, I writ...
From Some Trees to Modular Trees (in 1990): "Everything was modular now, even the trees."
Hello take a look at this poetic response by Ted Bonham to John Ashbery's Errors, posted on
"Just when I thought there wasn't room enough for another thought in my head, I had this great idea." . John Ashbery
"any true work of art does defuse criticism" - John Ashbery.
How to read John Ashbery. via A really indispensable guide to reading a really interesting poet.
Meghan O’Rourke Reads John Ashbery via listen to tiny man and a tiny woman in a box
There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people...
On the blog today, 'Compounding Errors' by a poem in response to 'Errors' by John Ashbery.
Just when you think you couldn't love him more. .
“I am often asked why I write, and I don’t know really—I just like it.” —John Ashbery
cf. John Ashbery: "fence-sitting / Raised to the level of an esthetic ideal"
As someone who likes to travel, here's John Ashbery in this week's
The words are only speculation. They seek and cannot find. the meaning of the music. ~ John Ashbery. - Self-Portrait in A…
I don't look on poetry as closed works. I feel they're going on all th...
The seasons are no longer what they once were, / But it is the nature of things to be seen only once —John Ashbery
"As lead adds luster to crystal, plain talk insures the strength and transparency of poetry." John Ashbery on Eileen Myles
John Ashbery, and I intend to publish many volumes of poetry deemed useful to the age. Hopefully
I feel that is going on all the time inside, an underground stream. —John Ashbery. designertheo http…
You might as well linger . On verandas, enjoying life, knowing . The end is essentially unpredictable.
Pics of my cat looking as if in a trance, made to appear to be reciting John Ashbery poetry. Yes/no?
I am tempted simply to call her our greatest modern poet. . —John Ashbery on Marianne Moore. …
Davie and Jennings, Les Murray, Jorie Graham, John Ashbery, Mixed registers in poetry (Bhatt, Morley etc), sense and association
John Ashbery reads Charles Simic and his own work with poetry editor Paul Muldoon. via
The Tournament of Literary Sex Writing: Final Four! Judges John Ashbery and Walter Mosley Weigh in on the Final...
John Ashbery had invaded my thoughts and is now working his way into my poems.
There's a John Ashbery poem (from 1975) I can't help but be thinking about right now.
In the Final Four of *ucking, judges John Ashbery & Walter Mosley make the steamy choices
Who but John Ashbery can judge the sex writing winner of DH Lawrence v James Baldwin?
LIVE: The great John Ashbery & Walter Mosley pick the two finalists who write the best sex!
1/3 Brilliant prose poem by Max Jacob, trans. by John Ashbery: . "When I lived in Naples, there was always a beggar woman at the gate of my
If John Ashbery wrote a novel it'd be Don DeLillo's Underworld & if Don DeLillo wrote a poetry book it'd be Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror
The clock is running over, and an octopus wears my wallet now. (john ashbery, 'die meistersinger'
Just played: Random Jottings of an Old Man - John Ashbery
To tell us we are: . That their merely being there . Means something; that soon . We may touch, love, explain. -John Ashbery
"Departure". Enough seen. The vision has been encountered in all skies. (Arthur Rimbaud courtesy of John Ashbery)
Now there's a dream! Sounds like the sketch for a John Ashbery poem.
Contributed by Chris Glomski:. "This is the first page of John Ashbery's "As On Put Drunk i…
"Remember to vote, the clothesline has fallen to the enemy somewhere" - John Ashbery
"Such simple things, And we make of them something so complex it defeats us, Almost." -- John Ashbery
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"I was right about the comet/. & the cement plant fluke, subway Grandma."—new poems by John Ashbery in
"Haven't you always wanted to curl up like a dog and go to sleep like a dog?". John Ashbery.
feeling this new John Ashbery poem is the lyric equivalent of 'you kids go get off my law'. I am also reading it in *this* voice.
"If you say so, 'boss,' I'll retract my statement. / Only I wouldn't be so radiant if I was you." John Ashbery
"until only infinity remained of beauty" - John Ashbery
A talent for self-realization. will get you only as far as the vacant lot. next to the lumber yard, where they have rollcall. —John Ashbery
"Leave some room for the astonishingly mild / ripple-effect milkweed fence." New work from John Ashbery:
New work from the great John Ashbery:
The poet John Ashbery rhapsodizes on HER MAN, great Tay Garnett rediscovery playing all... via
Users take "John Ashbery Quotes" as opportunity to post dozens of entire unedited poems… sheesharama.
"...as I grew older the idea of flux supplanted that of static reflection."
It’s not his birthday but here’s our recent birthday shout-out to John Ashbery on The Allen Ginsberg blog -...
"Clearly the song will have to wait/ Until the time when everything is serious." (John Ashbery) !!!
John Ashbery's latest collection, Breezeway, is wonderful, brimming with surrealist touchstones.
We're very pleased indeed to announce our John Ashbery issue is live!
So strange that in the last 6 months I've conversed with some of my biggest poetry idols, John Ashbery & Gary Snyder to name just two.
John Ashbery vintage Houseboat Days Naropa reading on the Ginsberg blog today and the New York School poets’ poet...
"my writing and sleeping are constantly improving" – John Ashbery.
Richard Wright, John Ashbery, and Amiri Baraka were just a few of the writers who received government funding
that name rings a bell, I will check him out in due course.. ever read any John Ashbery? check that mofo out
'Everybody has a body, that's why they're called everybody.' - excellent line from John Ashbery's latest in the to start the day with.
"Only beware the bears and wolves that frequent it / and the shadow that comes when you expect dawn", John Ashbery
A Publisher of Artist’s Books That Isn’t Bound by Convention: Spread from John Ashbery and ... via
Collages by John Ashbery & Guy Maddin. “This gluey and scissory medium” is where their sensibilities overlap.
I have a poem on Caravaggio 'with apologies to John Ashbery'.
Sometimes I'm walking around and I'm like hey that guy looks a lot like John Ashbery
This John Ashbery line has been knocking around my head: "I was a child once/Under the spangled sun./Now I do what must be done."
this was John Ashbery’s question in the foreword to the 1988 BAP
Just played: Sonnet ("Each servant stamps the reader with a look.") - John Ashbery
Dan Chiasson on John Ashbery's Breezeway: "The best book in a decade by the greatest living American poet."
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There's a John Ashbery quality to some of his best work.
More treasures on the SPL'S shelves. John Ashbery's Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror. Nice…
extract from John Ashbery's Flow Chart from the Paris Review - simply brilliant start to the day
Just played: Crossroads in the Past - John Ashbery
Glad to hear today, from someone who has worked with him, that John Ashbery is very down to earth!
"You can't call yourself a poet without leaving open the possibility that you're a bad poet" John Ashbery
"better Don Quixote and his windmills than all the Sancho Panzas in the world" - John Ashbery.
Mostly, I've been reading John Ashbery Collection "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" (1975) slowly, because that's the only way I can go.
Ben Lerner perfectly describes the experience of reading John Ashbery
Ben Lerners intro to the John Ashbery reading this week. Bum, bum I missed this
OK. Did John Ashbery fake the moon landings?
If you ask me, John Ashbery faked the moon landings
"Like eavesdropping on conversations in an alien world a lot like this one" —Ben Lerner on John Ashbery
"We are only fabulous. beasts, after all.". [John Ashbery]
Just played: Ignorance of the Law Is No Excuse - John Ashbery
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John Ashbery seminar in the pub today ✏️ @ The Swan Inn
English prof David Herd reading 'Europe' by John Ashbery in Paris. Looking fwd to your poems for issue 6!
"I first caught a glimpse of myself dissolving into the 2nd person of a John Ashbery poem in a B&N in Topeka..."
Ben Lerner introduces John Ashbery - The I and the You -
MYLES: John Ashbery has this great phrase that I love to use: Managed chance.It's not just chance, but it's tweaking and becoming experience
Just played: Thoughts of a Young Girl - John Ashbery
Apropos Mary Karr's recent remarks on John Ashbery (who, I hadn't realized until reading this, is a frequent target of hers)
“The summer demands and takes away too much. /But night, the reserved, the reticent, gives more than it takes” - John Ashbery
john ashbery *** the biggest turd in letters, but HOW TO TAKE A BATH gives the new Guy Maddin its best joke.
Some stray thoughts on Mary Karr, John Ashbery, and the supposedly pernicious influence of vanguard stylists.
Visualization of the internal in the poetry of John Ashbery. I'm actually pretty interested in it, and I think it'll be fine.
Lit/poetry in the current John Ashbery illustrated by Archie Rand; Robert Greiner; Maggie Nelson
The Making of John Ashbery and James Schuyler’s A Nest of Ninnies | Dalkey Archive Press
"""The poem is sad because it wants to be yours, and cannot be""- John Ashbery"
Jane Freilicher's "Painting Table" hangs over the couch of (the unfairly maligned in today's NYT) John Ashbery.
"Mary Karr". "John Ashbery’s reputation is this. polis is zippo and its reproductive voice…
I love John Ashbery's voice. Here is a recording of him reading "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror"
And here's Ashbery in action image: Nick Victor
Just what did happen when poet John Ashbery visited Lidl?
Gracious. Mary Karr sure rips into John Ashbery's poems in the Sunday review. "an invention of academic critics."
Poet John Ashbery on artist Joseph Cornell, straight from our Summer 1967 issue
So if loving John Ashbery makes me pretentious, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Parting thought: I think John Ashbery might be the litmus test as to whether you're down with pretentiousness as an enabling aesthetic
"Someone left their toothbrush on the dance floor." - John Ashbery
Shipping out to Hudson to shoot & record readings & performances by John Ashbery, Douglas Kearney, Susan Howe, & more htt…
Don’t you see . It’s all we can do? Meanwhile, great fires . Arise, as of haystacks aflame. The dial had been set...
Rain Moving In. By John Ashbery. The blackboard is erased in the attic . And the wind turns up the light of the...
Happy Birthday John Ashbery! See his poems from the past 6 decades:
John Ashbery reading Wednesday night at The Home School in Hudson Listen on WGXC 90.7-FM
Verb Podcast Summer! Tonight another chance to hear and John Ashbery. On our podcast http:/…
LS cover artist Eric Brown is co-owner of legendarily literary now showing John Ashbery & Guy Maddin
"O world! and the clear song of new misfortunes!" Arthur Rimbaud, from "Genie" (John Ashbery translation)
"Joe Brainard was one of the nicest artists I have ever known. Nice as a person, and nice as an artist." -John Ashbery, Selected Prose
How am I supposed to concentrate on this John Ashbery with "Shake It Off" playing in the background?
"We escape / Down the cloud ladder, but the problem has not been solved." John Ashbery, "Our Youth" h/t
- Oh c'mon: if you're not even going to buy the new John Ashbery you might as well never go into a bookshop again.
Found doing research: digital exhibition of collages by John Ashbery and Guy Maddin:
I feel like John Ashbery is going to be publishing new poems long after I die.
Have a little bit of John Ashbery this evening:
"We have to live out our precise experimentation. Otherwise there’s no dying for anybody,. no crisp rewards."
This week from the GR Vault: John Ashbery’s “As One Put Drunk into the Packet-Boat” D
The river slides under our dreams. but land flows more silently. -John Ashbery
From the Harriet Blog team in this piece on John Ashbery is one Keeanu Reeves too many.
A dominant style of contemporary poetry could be described as 'stoner John Ashbery.' That is not a compliment.
Poem of the week: Breezeway by John Ashbery
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The best so far : . Paradoxes and Oxymorons by John Ashbery :
Initiating myself to John Ashbery, ... exhilarating so far. Confession: Don't understand 40% or more lol!.
Collages by JOHN ASHBERY and Guy Maddin. New gallery show reviewed at -->
meaning a certain kind of coldness and indifference. mark strand too. John Ashbery, even
John Ashbery, on meaning in his poems: "No, I wouldn't put one out there because the reader might find it."
Mysterious, oddly apt quote by John Ashbery: 'Life is a book that has been put down'
'Breezeway' by John Ashbery and 'Scattered at Sea' by Amy Gerstler
An interview/survey of the work of John Ashbery:
Going to her reading tomorrow 'Scattered at Sea’ by Amy Gerstler
“But I don’t set much stock in things. Beyond the weather and the certainties of living and dying:The rest is optional.”— John Ashbery
Because life is short, we must remember to keep asking d same question until d repeated question & d same silence become answer~John Ashbery
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror Poem by John Ashbery - Poem Hunter
“Consider the poem as a sort of environment, and one is not obliged to take notice of every aspect.” —John Ashbery
John Ashbery on finding things to write about: ''there's love and there's death and time passing and the weathe…
After you've lived in Paris for a while, you don't want to live anywhere, including Paris. JOHN ASHBERY
The more I read John Ashbery the less I understand & yet the more I comprehend. Poems as riddles; life as a riddle we never get to unravel.
Spent the entire day yesterday avoiding work by downloading John Ashbery readings from the magnificent It's all work, right?
Def never learned abt john ashbery when I was in hs
“Come out into the open, . into a clearing, . and rest.” – John Ashbery
“The first year was like icing. Then the cake started to show through …” ― John Ashbery
from the Introduction to The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara | John Ashbery
I resist the idea that a poet can’t invent his or her own life, which may or may not coincide with the real one.
John Ashbery As a Modern Poet. 1) John Ashbery is a well known modern American poet, he is famous for his...
'Best not to dwell on our situation, but to dwell in it is deeply refreshing' (John Ashbery)
‘April is the cruellest month... but it is April, after all' (John Ashbery)
"The worse your art is the easier it is to talk about it" - John Ashbery
"The grandeur of poetry, which, because it remains rooted in every day particulars..is as quietly convincing as honest speech.". John Ashbery
Open Road is proud to publish many great works of poetry by John Ashbery, including CHINESE WHISPERS
Robert Walser: Fairy Tales, coming very soon from John Ashbery calls it "Wonderful." Spread the word. h…
"Who needs a Nobel Prize when I've been published in The Columbia Review?" -- John Ashbery
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John Ashbery: writing a poem "seems to be a process of discovering something and then forgetting it"
Still relevant, the master: Honestly, by John Ashbery
A part of the John Ashbery poem installed on the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge
You've got to decide what your name is going to be, . What to do about it. By what ring . we are decoded. . -- John Ashbery
The term ignorant is indeed pe... John Ashbery -
The facts of history have been... John Ashbery -
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And the poem Has set me softly down beside you The poem is you. - John Ashbery
"The days are so polarized. Yet time itself is off-center" - John Ashbery's "Poem at the New Year"
I once gave a poetry reading, after which a woman came up to me and said, "We have a poet who lives in this town. Do you know John Ashbery?"
Lots of amazing statements like the previous one in this interview:
.Set the Word Frequency to Infrequent you get the makings of a John Ashbery poem: to Frequent: Robert Bly.
- The Allen Ginsberg blog today celebrates the birthday of John Ashbery -
- The Allen Ginsberg blog celebrates the birthday today of John Ashbery -
"The academy of the future is Opening its doors and willing The fruitless sunlight streams into domes" . -John Ashbery, Last Month
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Through his translations from the French, John Ashbery joins a body of great twentieth-century American poets who have sought to trace their lineage from elsewhere, as much to undermine prevailing literary conventions as to inform us about those other traditions.
"I was instructed to make them trashier because they weren’t sufficiently lurid for the American public."
In response to a panel discussion titled Poets and Their Work: Poetry as Its Own Biography (personal I vs. poetic eye), John Ashbery delivers a “mini-lecture” on so-called confessional poetry and the work of Elizabeth Bishop. At the conclusion of the lecture, Ashbery reads his “Soonest Mended” (1966…
I remember piling in a car with friends to drive to Cambridge to hear John Ashbery's Norton lecture on Laura (Riding) Jackson.
A great listen: John Ashbery reading "Soonest Mended" and giving a "mini-lecture" on Elizabeth Bishop
Reading John Ashbery: maddening. Enlarging? My vocabulary, surely. Have to admire the balls-out-ness, the digressions, non-sequiturs.
"John Ashbery (Argyle Socks)," painted by Fairfield Porter, 1952. Many more poets here than I'd expect.
Kenneth Koch: "I asked John Ashbery once...'Is there a hidden meaning in any of your poems?'..."
John Ashbery praised as "epitome & model for how you keep your own art alive across abrasions & joys of a lifetime"
“We are most ourselves when we are talking, and we talk in a very irregular and antiliterary way.” —John Ashbery
“What is it for you then, the insistent now that baffles and surrounds you in its loose-knit embrace that always seems to be falling away and yet remains behind, stubbornly drawing you, the unwilling spectator who had thought to stop only just for a moment, into the sphere of its solemn and suddenly utterly vast activities, on a new scale as it were, that you have neither the time nor the wish to unravel?” —John Ashbery, from “The Recital”
Life as a book that has been put down -John Ashbery-
"In the increasingly convincing darkness the words become palpable, like a fruit that is too beautiful to eat." - John Ashbery,
John Ashbery discusses translation and his work as an art critic - interview with Adam Fitzgerald in
“One ends up feeling sadder and wiser in equal proportions when one is finished reading Proust.” —John Ashbery
"Without thinking too much about it, / prepare to go out into the city of your dreams." John Ashbery, b1927, Strange Things Happen at Night
Alone with our madness. and favorite flower. We see that. there really is nothing left. to write about. - John Ashbery
"I alone know the plan of this savage sideshow." Rimbaud, trans John Ashbery
My tribute to John Ashbery, on the occasion of his recent National Arts Club Medal of Honor, just went up on Harriet: http…
Lovely analogy: Sterling Ruby and Raf Simons likened to John Ashbery and James Schuyler, sharing admiration and envy http:…
Portrait of James Schuyler and John Ashbery | Jimmy and John, 1957-58 | Fairfield Porter
'So, you really love Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery, William Carlos Williams and Edward Dorn. Why doesn't your writing sound more like them?'
Traffic's unusually sticky for early a saturday, but I hope to make the first papers - one's on John Ashbery,
John Ashbery's house is the opposite of the Tardis
"The wind turns up the light of the stars" John Ashbery. Quote always makes me think of being in the mountains...miss the high lonesome :)
"Tomorrow is easy, but today is uncharted, / Desolate, reluctant as any landscape / To yield what are laws of perspective..." | John Ashbery
John Ashbery, my fave, on a Charles Simic poem:
John Ashbery reads Charles Simic and reads his own work, and has a discussion with Paul Muldoon.
John Ashbery reads Charles Simic and chats with Paul Muldoon: New Yorker "Poetry Podcast"
This month on the Poetry Podcast, John Ashbery, who received the National Humanities Medal in 2012, reads “The Lunatic,” by Charles Simic. In the poem, a single snowflake is falling and picking itself up off the ground, to fall again, […] Ashbery admires “the incredible lightness and, at the same...
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When I think about Polish language, there are certain writers that cross my mind in terms of feeling comfortable in the language - I'm not talking about proper Polish, with all the grammar rules being strictly followed, but about being a few steps ahead. If anybody can think of any new names in English literature - please let me know. I'm not hoping to learn, I'm hoping to enjoy. :) Reading (this will be random) Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Browning, Joseph Conrad, Dorothy Parker, Jane Bowles, John Ashbery, James Joyce, Douglas Dunn, Doris Lessing, Seamus Heaney, James Robertson, Zadie Smith - is always a different language experience, above experiencing other things.
I'd go for Stephen Hawking, Neil Degrasse Tyson, John Ashbery, & the jar w/Einstein's brain in it explaining allocation $.
So am uploading my 2012 Prison University Project commencement speech, with help from George Poulet, John Milton, and John Ashbery: I’m honored to address you today, but before I do, before I talk about what this day represents, I want to stop for a moment to think about WHO is represented here; while I myself am only familiar with the Prison University Project, I understand that many programs honor their graduates here today and we should celebrate that diversity of educational commitments and ambitions. Each of you has assigned yourself a brave and ongoing task: to be both self-directed and open to instruction from others. This double work of education requires two kinds of courage: first, that of being honest with yourself about the state of your knowledge, which is also to admit its limits; and second, the practice of a kind of interpersonal bravery as you show both your knowledge and its limits to your peers and instructors and then open yourself to their knowledge and its limits. You have taken yo ...
What were your favorite books this year? John Ashbery, William Boyd and announce their picks
The New Yorker once called John Ashbery's poetry "so influential that its imitators are legion." Come listen to... htt…
Girls on the Run by John Ashbery, Memories of the Future by Margaret Gibson, Bellocq's Ophelia by Natasha Trethewey
In 1976, the U.S. Department of the Interior commissioned John Ashbery to write a poem for a touring exhibition to commemorate the nation's 200th birthday called "America 1976: A Bicentennial Exhib...
It's the birthday of poet Frank O'Hara (books by this author), born in Baltimore, Maryland (1925). While a student at Harvard, he met the poets John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch and got into writing poetry. They all moved to New York and became vanguards of the New York School, influenced by abstract art and modernism. O'Hara believed that poems should be improvisational, like action paintings, full of random references to movies and taxies and paintings and garbage. He said: "I don't believe in rhythm, assonance, [any] of that stuff. You just go on your nerve. If someone's chasing you down the street with a knife, you just run, you don't turn around and shout, 'Give it up! I was a track star.'" In books such as Oranges (1953), Second Avenue (1960), and Lunch Poems (1964), he wrote about taking walks, hanging out with painters, reading newspapers, and Billie Holiday. He said: "What is happening to me goes into my poems. I don't think my experiences are clarified or made beautiful for anyone else, they are jus ...
Daffy Duck in Hollywood - John Ashbery   Something strange is creeping across me. La Celestina has only to warble the first few bars Of "I Thought about You" or something mellow from Amadigi di Gaula for everything--a mint-condition can Of Rumford's Baking Powder, a celluloid earring, Speedy Gonzales, the latest from Helen Topping Miller's fertile Escritoire, a sheaf of suggestive pix on greige, deckle-edged Stock--to come clattering through the rainbow trellis Where Pistachio Avenue rams the 2300 block of Highland Fling Terrace. He promised he'd get me out of this one, That mean old cartoonist, but just look what he's Done to me now! I scarce dare approach me mug's attenuated Reflection in yon hubcap, so jaundiced, so déconfit Are its lineaments--fun, no doubt, for some quack phrenologist's Fern-clogged waiting room, but hardly what you'd call Companionable. But everything is getting choked to the point of Silence. Just now a magnetic storm hung in the swatch of sky Over the Fudds' garage, reducing it- ...
On by Paul Muldoon, by Matthew Dickman, by Jane Hirshfield, by John Ashbery, by Adam Fitzgerald, and by Anne Carson.
What might an American hero-poem be? Longfellow invented literary folk-narratives, Whitman invented himself. Later poets as different as John Ashbery and Elizabeth Bishop have elevated ordinary American language and life by incorporating sly, almost covert allusions and quotations from the historica...
were saddened to learn today of the passing of Louis Strick, a really wonderful multi-talented and generous man who gave us our start as an author by publishing our first collection of short stories in hardcover back in 1979. He was an intelligent, warm, funny, astute person whose wide-ranging interests and gift for friendship made him someone we will always admire greatly. (Our book Autumn in Brooklyn is dedicated to him.) We used to talk fondly about Midwood High School, which he graduated from exactly twenty-five years before us, in the first graduating class. We loved hearing his stories about Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, John Ashbery, and other writers he knew. As his colleague from Meridian Books, the legendary editor Aaron Asher, once said, "Louis Strick was a guy who loved books and publishing and fiction" (Kenneth C. Davis, Two-Bit Culture: The Paperbacking of America 296). Our mom was a calligrapher, as were some of our friends, and Louis Strick more than almost anyone was responsible for the f ...
Start your summer off with new poetry from John Ashbery, Anne Carson, Clark Coolidge, Juan Felipe Herrera, Susan Wheeler, and others. Take these ten titles with you to the beach or wherever you find yourself spending the summer months.
Sang some Gounod for Charles Wuorinen, who then read a John Ashbery poem to me. How was your weekend?
In 1989, Killarney Clary published Who Whispered Near Me, her debut volume of poems with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, the publishers of Bishop, Lowell, and Berryman. She was 33. John Ashbery said at the time, “Hers is a stunning new voice in American poetry.” The San Francisco poet Tom Clark wrote a…
John Ashbery, Etgar Keret, and veterans of the Iraq & Afghanistan wars read this month:
Poet's Corner (John Ashbery Edition): Ashbery on poetry: "For me, poetry has its beginning and ending outside...
Poet's Corner (John Ashbery Edition): Ashbery on Fragments, from the Beddoes Lecture in Other Traditions:...
Very cool Ashbery project from using new tech to look at the poet's creation of his own home museum:
"The past is only a pond. The present is a lake of grass." John Ashbery, line in my head since 1996ish
Experiencing John Ashbery's reading of "Interesting People of Newfoundland" makes for the best kind of break
poetry break! John Ashbery starts at minute 1:00. Enjoy, wherever you're from. Here:
"I like poems you can tack all over with a hammer and there are no hollow places." - John Ashbery
Meanwhile the whole history of probabilities is coming to life, starting in the upper left-hand corner, like a sail. Ashbery, For John Clare
“I tried each thing, only some were immortal and free.” -John Ashbery
Fact: John Ashbery uses the pronoun "it" a lot but he doesn't know what "it" means.
That one time I somehow ended up sitting next to John Ashbery at a department event and he said he liked my sweater.
Shall have smoke furiously and read John Ashbery. Still very Welsh. Summon down some red magic somehow.
John Ashbery's Quick Question: an 'entertaining and supple collection of comic poems', says
"Intimate to the cinematic, surprise and energy": on Ashbery's QUICK QUESTION
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