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Ashbery, John 1927-

Works: 949 works in 2,238 publications in 8 languages and 75,211 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Performer, Author of introduction, Signer, Compiler, Interviewee, Creator, Other, Lyricist, Contributor, Commentator
Classifications: PS3501.S475, 811.54
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The tennis court oath a book of poems by John Ashbery( file )
35 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,382 libraries worldwide
Self-portrait in a convex mirror : poems by John Ashbery( Book )
54 editions published between 1975 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,896 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 )
45 editions published between 1967 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,704 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 )
27 editions published between 1977 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,355 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 answerRemarkable for its introspection and for the response it elicited when it was first published in 1977, Houseboat Days is Ashbery's much-discussed follow-up to his 1975 masterpiece Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, and remains one of his most studied books to date. 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 A
A wave : poems by John Ashbery( Book )
27 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 1,214 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 )
19 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,189 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 1,159 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 d
April galleons : poems by John Ashbery( Book )
22 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,110 libraries worldwide
In Ashbery's 1987 collection, ballads, folklore, and fairy tales mesh with the anxieties and idioms of modern lifeFor 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
The double dream of spring by John Ashbery( Book )
24 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in English and held by 1,095 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 poetsThe 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
Where shall I wander : new poems by John Ashbery( Book )
14 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,023 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
Collected poems, 1956-1987 by John Ashbery( Book )
16 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,004 libraries worldwide
Contains the collected works of American author and poet, John Ashbery, along with sixty uncollected poems, from 1956-1987
Flow chart by John Ashbery( Book )
22 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 953 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 itselfThe 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 se
A worldly country : new poems by John Ashbery( Book )
13 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 919 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
Rivers and mountains by John Ashbery( Book )
25 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in English and held by 911 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
Some trees by John Ashbery( Book )
28 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 904 libraries worldwide
John Ashbery's first published book of poems, handpicked from the slush pile by none other than W. H. Auden Ashbery's Some Trees narrowly beat out a manuscript by fellow New York poet Frank O'Hara to win the renowned Yale Series of Younger Poets prize in 1955--after the book had been rejected in an early screening round. Some Trees includes "The Instruction Manual", one of Ashbery's most conversational and perhaps most quoted poems, as well as a number of poems that display his casually masterful handling of such traditional forms as the sonnet, the pantoum, the Italian canzone, and even, with "The Painter", the odd tricky sestina. Some Trees, an essential collection for Ashbery scholars and newbies alike, introduced one of postwar America's most enduring and provocative poetic voices, by turns conversational, discordant, haunting, and wise
Three poems by John Ashbery( Book )
31 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 863 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, adding, "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
Your name here : poems by John Ashbery( Book )
12 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 855 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
And the stars were shining by John Ashbery( Book )
19 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and French and held by 828 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."
Hotel Lautréamont by John Ashbery( Book )
21 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 826 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 Lautreamont alludes to the pseudonymous Count de Lautreamont, 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
Notes from the air : selected later poems by John Ashbery( Book )
11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 792 libraries worldwide
Winner of the 2008 Griffin International Poetry Prize. His long-awaited volume, a new selection of his later poems, spans ten major collections by one of America's most visionary and influential poets. Chosen by the author himself, the poems in Notes from the Air represent John Ashbery's best work from the past two decades, from the critically acclaimed April Galleons and Flow Chart to the 2005 National Book Award finalist Where Shall I Wander. While Ashbery has long been considered a powerful force in twentieth-century culture, Notes from the Air demonstrates clearly how important and relevant his writing continues to be, well into the twenty-first century. Many of the books from which these poems are drawn are regularly taught in university classrooms across the country, and critics and scholars vigorously debate his newest works as well as his classics. He has already published four major books since the turn of the new millennium, and, although 2007 marks his eightieth birthday, this legendary literary figure continues to write fresh, new, and vibrant poetry that remains as stimulating, provocative, and controversial as ever. Notes from the Air reveals, for the first time in one volume, the remarkable evolution of Ashbery's poetry from the mid-1980s into the new century, and offers an irresistible sampling of some of the finest work by this "national treasure."--Publisher's description
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