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Ashbery, John 1927-

Works: 972 works in 2,514 publications in 5 languages and 81,160 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs  Poetry  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Performer, Author of introduction, Signer, Other, Interviewee, Contributor, Creator, Lyricist, Collaborator, Narrator, Commentator
Classifications: PS3501.S475, 811.54
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Self-portrait in a convex mirror : poems by John Ashbery( Book )

62 editions published between 1975 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 1,880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revered as the greatest living American poet, John Ashbery is celebrated for his humour and versatility. This edition celebrates the 30th anniversary of the publication of this collection
Selected poems by John Ashbery( Book )

52 editions published between 1967 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now, from the whole range of a lifetime's work, John Ashbery has chosen his own selection of 138 poems, including short lyrics, haiku, prose poems, and many of his major long poems
Houseboat days : poems by John Ashbery( Book )

33 editions published between 1977 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is poetry the act of putting something together, or the art of taking something apart? Houseboat Days, one of John Ashbery's most celebrated collections, offers its own answer. Houseboat Days begins with the moving, unforgettable poem "Street Musicians", an allegory of artistic and personal loss that came ten years after the death of Ashbery's friend and fellow New York poet Frank O'Hara. But while many of the poems in Houseboat Days are strikingly personal, especially when compared to Ashbery's work from the 1950s and 1960s, the collection is less about the poet than about the act of writing poetry
A wave : poems by John Ashbery( Book )

29 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of Ashbery's most acclaimed and beloved collections since Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, filled with his signature wit and generous intelligence The poems in John Ashbery's award-winning 1984 collection A Wave address the impermanence of language, the nature of mortality, and the fluidity of consciousness--matters of life and death that in other hands might run the risk of sentimentality. For John Ashbery, however, these considerations provide an opportunity to display his prodigious poetic gifts: the unerring ear for our evolving modern language and its ever-expanding universe of meanings, the fierce eye trained on glimmers underwater, and the wry humor that runs through observations both surprising and familiar. As the poem The Path to the White Moon has it, We know what is coming, that we are moving / Dangerously and gracefully / Toward the resolution of time / Blurred but alive with many separate meanings / Inside this conversation. The long title poem of A Wave, which closes the book, is considered one of Ashbery's most distinguished works, praised by critic Helen Vendler for its genius for a free and accurate American rendition of very elusive inner feelings, and especially for transitive states between feelings. Winner of both the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and the Bollingen Prize, this book is one to be read, reread, and remembered
Shadow train : poems by John Ashbery( Book )

26 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A captivating experiment in traditional poetic form, from one of the most untraditional American poets ever to set pen to paper. At first glance, John Ashbery's Shadow Train seems to embrace the constraints of traditional poetic form--but closer reading reveals that this work is Ashbery at his revolutionary best. In fifty poems, each consisting solely of four connected quatrains, Ashbery apparently plays by the rules while simultaneously violating every single one. Over and over again, the familiar, almost sonnet-like sixteen-line form creates an outline of a poem within which, one would expect, poetry is meant to arrive--as a station waits for a train. And yet, as with many of the world's greatest poems, the act of creating poetry also relies on the reading and the reader--in other words, as this collection's signature poem 'Paradoxes and Oxymorons' puts it, "the poem is / you". In Shadow Train, Ashbery demonstrates how language influences our experience of reality, creating it and sustaining it while also remaining mysterious and ineffable: constantly arriving, but impossible to catch
As we know : poems by John Ashbery( Book )

30 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As We Know presents 47 lyrical pieces together with a long poem, Litany. Here, as in the shorter lyrics, is a revelation of the self's progress toward identity--sometimes silence and solitude, sometimes through the cacophony of the modern urban world. --Viking Penguin/Penguin Books
The tennis court oath : a book of poems by John Ashbery( Book )

47 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,039 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Still a touchstone of contemporary avant-garde poetry today, this 35th anniversary edition of John Ashbery's second book celebrates an American poet who has won a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award
Collected poems, 1956-1987 by John Ashbery( Book )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With this volume The Library of America inaugurates a collected edition of the works of America's preeminent living poet. Long associated with the New York School that came to the fore in the 1950s, John Ashbery has charted a profoundly original course that has opened up pathways for subsequent generations of poets. At once hermetic and exuberantly curious, meditative and unnervingly funny, dreamlike and steeped in everyday realities, alive to every nuance of American speech, these are poems that constantly discover new worlds within language and its unexpected permutations. As the poet David Shapiro has written, "The poems of Ashbery may seem so open that they become, like Hamlet, that rare inexhaustible thing, the irreducible fact of great art." This first volume of the collected Ashbery includes the texts of his first twelve books: Some Trees (1956), selected by W.H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets; The Tennis Court Oath (1962); Rivers and Mountains (1966); The Double Dream of Spring (1970); Three Poems (1972), saluted by John Hollander as "a meditational masterpiece"; The Vermont Notebook (1975), presented with the original art by Joe Brainard; Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (which won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976); Houseboat Days (1977); As We Know (1979); Shadow Train (1981); A Wave (1984); and April Galleons (1987). In addition it presents an unprecedented gathering of more than 60 previously uncollected poems written over a period of four decades. To read Ashbery's work in sequence is to marvel at his refusal to rest on what has already been accomplished, his insistence on constantly renewed modes of expression. It is to become aware as well of the way his poetry chronicles life as really lived--"the way things have of enfolding / When your attention is distracted for a moment"--Amid the surfaces of the quotidian (waking, dreamt, imagined, remembered) and the equally pervasive, equally elusive and deceptive surfaces of language. Through all his metamorphoses he has continued to work with incomparable freedom and humor: Ashbery (in the words of James Longenbach) "is constitutionally incapable of narrowing the possibilities for poetry."--Jacket
Where shall I wander : new poems by John Ashbery( Book )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

You meant more than life to me. I lived through you not knowing, not knowing I was living. I learned that you called for me. I came to where you were living, up a stair. There was no one there. No one to appreciate me. The legality of it upset a chair. Many times to celebrate we were called together and where we had been there was nothing there, nothing that is anywhere. We passed obliquely, leaving no stare. When the sun was done muttering, in an optimistic way, it was time to leave that there
April galleons : poems by John Ashbery( Book )

23 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 993 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Ashbery's 1987 collection, ballads, folklore, and fairy tales mesh with the anxieties and idioms of modern life. For a book by one of the leading avant-garde poets of modern literature, John Ashbery's April Galleons is suffused with voices from the past. There are echoes of the Romantics in the elegiac "A Mood of Quiet Beauty" and "Vetiver", allusions to ballads and folkloric epics in "Finnish Rhapsody" and "Forgotten Song", and veiled references to legends, folk songs, and fairy tales. But as always with Ashbery, the modern world is the microphone through which these past voices are made to speak, amplified and invigorated by Ashbery's signature wit and generosity of spirit
The double dream of spring by John Ashbery( Book )

24 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in English and held by 984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of Ashbery's most important masterworks: Widely studied, critically admired, and essential to understanding one of the modern era's most revolutionary poets The Double Dream of Spring, originally published in 1970, followed the critical success of John Ashbery's National Book Award--nominated collection Rivers and Mountains and introduced the signature voice--reflective, acute, and attuned to modern language as it is spoken--that just a few years later would carry Ashbery's Pulitzer Prize--winning masterpiece Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. Ashbery fans and lovers of modern poetry alike will recognize here some of the century's most anthologized and critically admired works of poetry, including "Soonest Mended", "Decoy", "Sunrise in Suburbia", "Evening in the Country", the achingly beautiful long poem "Fragment", and Ashbery's so-called Popeye poem, the mordant and witty "Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape". The Double Dream of Spring helped cement Ashbery's reputation as a must-read American poet, and no library of modern poetry is complete without it
A worldly country : new poems by John Ashbery( Book )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of new works by the National Book Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-winning author explores such themes as starting over, self-acceptance, and optimism
Flow chart by John Ashbery( Book )

24 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A quintessentially American epic poem that rewrites all the rules of epic poetry--starting with the one that says epic poetry can't be about the writing of epic poetry itself The appearance of Flow Chart in 1991 marked the kickoff of a remarkably prolific period in John Ashbery's long career, a decade during which he published seven all-new books of poetry as well as a collected series of lectures on poetic form and practice. So it comes as no surprise that this book-length poem--one of the longest ever written by an American poet--reads like a rocket launch: charged, propulsive, mesmerizing, a series of careful explosions that, together, create a radical forward motion. It's been said that Flow Chart was written in response to a dare of sorts: Artist and friend Trevor Winkfield suggested that Ashbery write a poem of exactly one hundred pages, a challenge that Ashbery took up with plans to complete the poem in one hundred days. But the celebrated work that ultimately emerged from its squared-off origin story was one that the poet himself called a continuum, a diary. In six connected, constantly surprising movements of free verse--with the famous sunflower double sestina thrown in, just to reinforce the poem's own multivarious logic--Ashbery's poem maps a path through modern American consciousness with all its attendant noise, clamor, and signal: Words, however, are not the culprit. They are at worst a placebo, / leading nowhere (though nowhere, it must be added, can sometimes be a cozy / place, preferable in many cases to somewhere)
Fairfield Porter (1907-1975) : realist painter in an age of abstraction by Fairfield Porter( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rivers and mountains by John Ashbery( Book )

25 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in English and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From one of our most important modern poets comes an essential early collection, including the famous long poems 'The Skaters' and 'Clepsydra'. When Rivers and Mountains was published in 1966, American poetry was in a state of radical redefinition, with John Ashbery recognized as one of the leading voices in the New York School of poets. Ashbery himself had just returned to America from ten years abroad working as an art critic in France, and Rivers and Mountains, his third published collection of poems, is now considered by many critics to represent a pivotal transition point in his artistic career. The poet who would gain widespread acclaim with his multiple-award-winning Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975) is, in this collection, still very much engaged in the intimate, personal project of taking his poetry apart and putting it back together again, interrogating not just the act of writing but poetry itself--its purpose, its composition, its fundamental parts
Your name here : poems by John Ashbery( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poems by John Ashbery that address the themes of age and its inevitable losses, memories of childhood, and the transforming magic of dreams
Hotel Lautréamont by John Ashbery( Book )

23 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readers of John Ashbery's recent book Flow Chart will find the continuation of its spirit, at once tragic and playful, dense and volatile, passionate and impersonal, in this extraordinary new collection of lyric poems. The title Hotel Lautréamont alludes to the pseudonymous Count de Lautréamont, a nineteenth-century poet remembered for his presurrealist epic prose poem, The Songs of Maldoror. Little is known about him, save that his real name was Isidore Ducasse and that he spent his brief adult life in various hotels in Paris, checking out of his transient existence in 1870 at the age of twenty-four. Critics and readers have long appreciated Ashbery's uncanny use of the cadences of colloquial speech ("plain American that cats and dogs can read," in Marianne Moore's phrase), but they have perhaps overlooked the equally important influences of such "outsider" French poets as Rimbaud, Raymond Roussel, and Ducasse-Lautréamont. These sometimes forgotten presences are wonderfully alive in this superb new collection, which reaffirms Ashbery's unique ability to transform remarkable psychic force into language
And the stars were shining by John Ashbery( Book )

20 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Ashbery's sixteenth collection of poems, like all the others, strikes out into new territory and engages the reader in new and unexpected ways. With the exception of the title poem, which concludes the volume - a thirteen-part poem of exceptional grace and brilliance - the fifty-eight poems in this collection are mostly short; in their relative brevity they display all the valiant wit and rich lyric intensity which readers know from Ashbery's expansive longer work. The critic Harold Bloom has observed: "And the Stars Were Shining is one of John Ashbery's strongest collections, the title poem his most beautiful long poem yet. He helps to redeem a bad time when many among us have joined in a guilty flight away from the aesthetic."
Our deep gossip : conversations with gay writers on poetry and desire by Christopher Hennessy( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Ashbery, an introduction to the poetry by David Shapiro( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Collected poems, 1956-1987
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Selected poemsHouseboat days : poemsA wave : poemsThe tennis court oath : a book of poemsCollected poems, 1956-1987Where shall I wander : new poemsApril galleons : poemsA worldly country : new poems