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|Genre/Form:||Criticism, interpretation, etc|
|Named Person:||John Ashbery; John Ashbery; John Ashbery|
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|Description:||viii, 245 pages ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||Introduction: John Ashbery's sense of occasion --
Two scenes: the early poetry and its backgrounds --
The art of life: collaboration and the New York School --
An American in Paris: The Tennis Court Oath and the poetics of exile --
Forms of action: experiment and declaration in Rivers and Mountains and The Double Dream of Spring --
From poetry to prose: the sceptical tradition of Three Poems --
John Ashbery in conversation: the communicative value of Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror and Houseboat Days --
John Ashbery and friends: the poet and his communities in Shadow Train and A Wave --
'And later, after the twister': the sense of an ending in recent Ashbery.
"In this spirit, what Herd offers is not a reading of Ashbery but a way of reading Ashbery, and a critical language more appropriate to Ashbery's peculiarities than pre-packaged approaches, which