John Ashbery

‘a serpentine | Gesture’: The Synthetic Reconstruction of Ashbery’s Poetic Voice

JAIn 1966 John Ashbery published Rivers and Mountains. The departure from the fractures of The Tennis Court Oath (1962) are immediately apparent: it is a return to a language still distinctly marked by Ashbery’s usual probing and misdirection, but without the direct dislocations committed to denotative meaning, form and syntax in the earlier book.

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Separate Hearings

1. We’ll put a hundred million dollars over the Brno chair that I remembered seeing it after they couldn’t find them The principle of a lifetime The oft-embargoed news— You gonna do it now? In 1946 these men and all …

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Destroy Kansas to Reveal Oz: from John Ashbery to Francis Webb

Frank O’Hara’s ‘To a Poet’ seems to encapsulate the New York School’s disregard for an Imagist poetics in which the natural object is always the adequate symbol: ‘when the doctor comes to / me he says, ‘No things but in ideas’’. The cornerstone edicts of Anglo-American Modernism, as contained in Pound’s ‘A Retrospect’, are seemingly casually dismissed in this phrase, along with the accepted prescriptions of Doctor Williams; a critical schism is established in Modernist poetry, with the materialism of Pound-Williams on the one hand and post-moderns such as John Ashbery placed in an alternate lineage with Wallace Stevens as adherents of a post-Symbolist Absolute.

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John Tranter Reviews The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine

The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine. Don Share and Christian Wiman, Eds University of Chicago Press, 2012 The blurb tells us that Poetry magazine was founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, and …

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Toby Fitch Reviews Michael Farrell and John Ashbery

thempark by Michael Farrell
BookThug, 2010

Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud
translated by John Ashbery
W.W. Norton and Co., 2011

In her review of John Ashbery’s new translation of Illuminations in The New York Times, Lydia Davis reminded us that: “When Rimbaud’s mother asked of A Season in Hell, ‘What does it mean?’ — a question still asked of Rimbaud’s poetry, and of Ashbery’s, too — Rimbaud would say only, ‘It means what it says, literally and in every sense.'”

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Liam Ferney reviews John Ashbery

A Worldly Country by John Ashbery Carcanet, 2007 At an athletics meet in Salamanca in 1993, Cuban high jumper Javier Sotomayor began his run up with a customary sprint that mellowed into half-a-dozen languid, bouncy strides. His best leap that …

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The Pathetic Fallacy

A cautionary mister, the thaumaturge poked holes in my trope. I said what are you doing that for. His theorem wasn’t too complicated, just complicated enough. In brief, this was it.The governor should peel no more shadow apples, and about …

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