John Ashbery

Rookie (28 July 1927 / Rochester, New York)

John Ashbery Poems

1. A Voice from the Fireplace 1/27/2016
2. A Worldly Country 5/21/2016
3. Alms for the Beekeeper 5/21/2016
4. And Ut Pictura Poesis Is Her Name 5/21/2016
5. Anticipated Stranger 5/21/2016
6. Blueprints and Others 5/21/2016
7. Boundary Issues 5/21/2016
8. Bunch of Stuff 5/21/2016
9. By Guess and by Gosh 5/21/2016
10. Chinese Whispers 5/21/2016
11. Daffy Duck In Hollywood 1/20/2003
12. Day Bump 5/21/2016
13. Dramedy 5/21/2016
14. El Dorado 5/21/2016
15. Farm Implements And Rutabagas In A Landscape 1/20/2003
16. For John Clare 1/20/2003
17. Glazunoviana 3/11/2006
18. Hotel Lautréamont 2/10/2015
19. How to Continue 5/21/2016
20. Into The Dusk-Charged Air 1/20/2003
21. Just Walking Around 3/11/2006
22. Last Month 5/21/2016
23. Late Echo 5/21/2016
24. Late-ish 5/21/2016
25. Leave the Hand In 5/21/2016
26. Like a Sentence 5/21/2016
27. Mean Particles 5/21/2016
28. Meaningful Love 12/5/2015
29. My Erotic Double 5/21/2016
30. My Philosophy Of Life 1/20/2003
31. Pantoum 2/5/2015
32. People Behaving Badly a Concern 5/21/2016
33. Poem At The New Year 8/31/2008
34. Pyrography 5/21/2016
35. Rivers and Mountains 5/21/2016
36. Self-Portrait In A Convex Mirror 1/20/2003
37. Soonest Mended 10/20/2015
38. Steel and Air 8/13/2016
39. Street Musicians 5/21/2016
40. Syringa 1/20/2003

Comments about John Ashbery

  • Adrian Grant (1/31/2018 6:51:00 AM)

    Wilfully obscure, rambling, unmusical, self-indulgent crap. No wonder he wrote so many collections.
    And no wonder he won so many prizes during the height of Modernism. This kind of stuff is catnip to literary critics and literature academics, because it would appear to require exegesis, thus promoting them into a kind of priesthood.

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  • Lawrence Beck Lawrence Beck (11/25/2016 6:19:00 PM)

    This man's work is garbage. He's obviously extremely lazy, and why not? Every dumb-ass critic in the country has decided that he's the greatest. Gee, I wonder why nobody reads poetry.

  • Raymond Farrell (12/19/2015 1:18:00 AM)

    The atuff that has been posted on PH is readable although it is debateable what it means, but most of Ashbery's stuff makes me wonder if he isn't a mental case in search of a diagnosis.

  • Sharon Parker (10/25/2014 4:04:00 PM)

    Mr. Ashbery forces the reader to change too many horses in the middle of an unending stream on order to get to the other side only to find it was the sound of the river that was the attraction rather than the substance of the opposite shore

  • Gk Thomas (11/17/2012 4:12:00 PM)

    These are the readable poems, but most of Ashberry isn't readable.
    I'm sorry, but if a poem can only be understood by the poet's explication then he needs to supply that explication along with the poem. Otherwise he/she is merely playing the effete. And who of us would not be considered a poetic genius if we, and we alone, are the sole authority of that meaning? Lazarus rose from the fire of the salad bowl/ consumed exquisite Orpheus/ to the knight's maiden ravished knot of hope. Who wrote this passage from a terribly long poem? A poetic genius or a hoaxer? Careful you might guess wrong.

  • Gilles Goyette (1/14/2012 8:09:00 AM)

    You change the way I read. You change my expectations of language. Always a challenge, but completely worth the effort.

  • p.a. noushad p.a. noushad (10/24/2008 3:23:00 AM)

    beautiful your nerration is.

Best Poem of John Ashbery

Self-Portrait In A Convex Mirror

As Parmigianino did it, the right hand
Bigger than the head, thrust at the viewer
And swerving easily away, as though to protect
What it advertises. A few leaded panes, old beams,
Fur, pleated muslin, a coral ring run together
In a movement supporting the face, which swims
Toward and away like the hand
Except that it is in repose. It is what is
Sequestered. Vasari says, "Francesco one day set himself
To take his own portrait, looking at himself from that purpose
In a convex mirror, such as is used by barbers . . .
He accordingly caused a ball of wood to be ...

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My Philosophy Of Life

Just when I thought there wasn't room enough
for another thought in my head, I had this great idea--
call it a philosophy of life, if you will.Briefly,
it involved living the way philosophers live,
according to a set of principles. OK, but which ones?

That was the hardest part, I admit, but I had a
kind of dark foreknowledge of what it would be like.
Everything, from eating watermelon or going to the bathroom

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