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Ashbery, John 1927-

Works: 1,020 works in 2,481 publications in 5 languages and 79,970 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Interviews  Manuscripts 
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 )

64 editions published between 1975 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 1,893 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 )

50 editions published between 1967 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,682 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 )

30 editions published between 1977 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,262 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 )

25 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,112 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 1,102 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 )

28 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,064 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dating from one of the most studied creative periods of John Ashbery's career, a groundbreaking collection showcasing his signature polyphonic poem "Litany". First published in 1979, four years after Ashbery's masterpiece Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, the poems in As We Know represent the great American poet writing at the peak of his experimental powers. The book's flagship poem, the seventy-page "Litany", remains one of the most exciting and challenging of Ashbery's career. Presented in two facing columns, the poem asks to be read as independent but countervailing monologues, creating a dialogue of the private and the public, the human and the divine, the real and the unreal--a wild and beautiful conversation that contains multitudes. As We Know also collects some of Ashbery's most witty, self-reflexive interrogations of poetry itself, including "Late Echo" and "Five Pedantic Pieces" (An idea I had and talked about / Became the things I do), as well as a wry, laugh-out-loud call-and-response sequence of one-line poems on Ashbery's defining subject: the writing of poetry (I Had Thought Things Were Going Along Well / But I was mistaken). Perhaps the most admired poem in this much-discussed volume is "Tapestry", a measured exploration of the inevitable distance that arises between art, audience, and artist, which the critic Harold Bloom called an "Ode on a Grecian Urn" for our time. Built of doubles, of echoes, of dualities and combinations, As We Know is the breathtaking expression of a singular American voice
The tennis court oath : a book of poems by John Ashbery( Book )

42 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in English and held by 1,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected poems, 1956-1987 by John Ashbery( Book )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,020 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 1,001 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 )

24 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,000 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 )

23 editions published between 1970 and 1985 in English and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A worldly country : new poems by John Ashbery( Book )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 891 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 )

22 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rivers and mountains by John Ashbery( Book )

24 editions published between 1966 and 1988 in English and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some trees by John Ashbery( Book )

33 editions published between 1956 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best of the best American poetry( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

100 poems selected by Robert Pinsky that represent each volume in The best American poetry series
Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First published in 1886, Arthur Rimbaud's Illuminations?the work of a poet who had abandoned poetry before the age of twenty-one?changed the language of poetry. Hallucinatory and feverishly hermetic, it is an acknowledged masterpiece of world literature, still unrivaled for its haunting blend of sensuous detail and otherworldly astonishment. In Ashbery's translation of this notoriously elusive text, the acclaimed poet and translator lends his inimitable voice to a venerated classic"--Dust jacket flap
Three poems by John Ashbery( Book )

37 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A provocative, challenging masterpiece by John Ashbery that set a new standard for the modern prose poem "The pathos and liveliness of ordinary human communication is poetry to me", John Ashbery has said of this controversial work, a collection of three long prose poems originally published in 1972, "Three Poems tries to stay close to the way we talk and think without expecting what we say to be recorded or remembered". The effect of these prose poems is at once deeply familiar and startlingly new, something like encountering a collage made of lines clipped from every page of a beloved book--or, as Ashbery has also said of this work, like flipping through television channels and hearing an unwritten, unscriptable story told through unexpected combinations of voices, settings, and scenes. In Three Poems, Ashbery reframes prose poetry as an experience that invites the reader in through an infinite multitude of doorways, and reveals a common language made uncommonly real
Your name here : poems by John Ashbery( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 765 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
Our deep gossip : conversations with gay writers on poetry and desire by Christopher Hennessy( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 160 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