John Ashbery

Rookie (28 July 1927 / Rochester, New York)

John Ashbery Poems

41. Pantoum 2/5/2015
42. Wet Casements 11/21/2014
43. The Instruction Manual 1/23/2015
44. Poem At The New Year 8/31/2008
45. For John Clare 1/20/2003
46. Into The Dusk-Charged Air 1/20/2003
47. Glazunoviana 3/11/2006
48. Syringa 1/20/2003
49. Farm Implements And Rutabagas In A Landscape 1/20/2003
50. Just Walking Around 3/11/2006
51. My Philosophy Of Life 1/20/2003
52. Daffy Duck In Hollywood 1/20/2003
53. Self-Portrait In A Convex Mirror 1/20/2003
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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Glazunoviana

The man with the red hat
And the polar bear, is he here too?
The window giving on shade,
Is that here too?
And all the little helps,
My initials in the sky,
The hay of an arctic summer night?

The bear

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