Notes from the Air Selected Later Poems

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List price: $16.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

This 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 selections found here 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 marked 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 a poet the New York Times has called a "national treasure."

John Ashbery was born on July 28, 1927 in Rochester, New York. He was educated at Harvard and Columbia universities and studied in Europe on a Fulbright Scholarship. Initially wishing to be a painter, then a musician, he has had a variety of careers including reference librarian and art critic. In the early 1950s, he was a copywriter with Oxford University Press and McGraw-Hill. His collection of poems, Turandot and other Poems, published in 1953, established his reputation as one of the leading American poets of his generation. Ashbery feels strongly influenced by film and other art forms. The abstract expressionist movement in art had a profound effect on his writing style. Frequently termed a philosophical poet, Ashbery's poems often deal with the mind and the connection of the reader. Ashbery has published several volumes of poetry, including Houseboat Days and Flow Chart. Highly regarded by critics, he received a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976, all for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. He received the Ambassador Book Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. In 2011, he won the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He also writes under the pseudonym Jonas Berry.

from April Galleons (1987)
Vetiver
Riddle Me
A Mood of Quiet Beauty
Finnish Rhapsody
Alone in the Lumber Business
Vaucanson
Someone You Have Seen Before
Ostensibly
Becalmed on Strange Waters
The Big Cloud
Some Money
Wet Are the Boards
Offshore Breeze
The Ice Storm
April Galleons
from Flow Chart (1991)
Section V
from Hotel Lautreamont (1992)
Light Turnouts
Autumn Telegram
Notes from the Air
Still Life with Stranger
Hotel Lautreamont
On the Empress's Mind
The Phantom Agents
From Estuaries, from Casinos
Autumn on the Thruway
The Little Black Dress
Avant de quitter ces lieux
In Another Time
Le mensonge de Nina Petrovna
Korean Soap Opera
A Driftwood Altar
The Youth's Magic Horn
Seasonal
Kamarinskaya
Elephant Visitors
Retablo
Quartet
[untitled]
Just Wednesday
In My Way / On My Way
No Good at Names
In Vain, Therefore
A Hole in Your Sock
How to Continue
from And the Stars Were Shining (1994)
Token Resistance
The Mandrill on the Turnpike
About to Move
Ghost Riders of the Moon
The Love Scenes
Well, Yes, Actually
Myrtle
Mutt and Jeff
Coventry
And the Stars Were Shining
from Can You Hear, Bird (1995)
A Poem of Unrest
A Waking Dream
At First I Thought I Wouldn't Say Anything About It
... by an Earthquake
By Guess and by Gosh
Can You Hear, Bird
Cantilever
Chapter II, Book 35
Dangerous Moonlight
Debit Night
Dull Mauve
My Philosophy of Life
No Longer Very Clear
Operators Are Standing By
Plain as Day
Sleepers Awake
The Faint of Heart
The Green Mummies
The Military Base
The Problem of Anxiety
Today's Academicians
from Tuesday Evening
Yes, Dr. Grenzmer. How May I Be of Assistance to You? What! You Say the Patient Has Escaped?
You Would Have Thought
from Wakefulness (1998)
Wakefulness
Baltimore
Cousin Sarah's Knitting
Last Night I Dreamed I Was in Bucharest
Added Poignancy
Laughing Gravy
From Such Commotion
Alive at Every Passage
The Burden of the Park
Dear Sir or Madam
Discordant Data
Outside My Window the Japanese ...
Probably Based on a Dream
Proximity
Like America
Snow
The Dong with the Luminous Nose
Come On, Dear
Homecoming
from Girls on the Run (1999)
Sections I, II, III, VIII, IX, XXI
from Your Name Here (2000)
This Room
If You Said You Would Come with Me
A Linnet
The Bobinski Brothers
Merrily We Live
Caravaggio and His Followers
Industrial Collage
The History of My Life
Memories of Imperialism
Heartache
Redeemed Area
They Don't Just Go Away, Either
Sonatine Melancolique
Stanzas before Time
A Suit
Crossroads in the Past
How Dangerous
Lemurs and Pharisees
The Underwriters
Vendanges
Has to Be Somewhere
Strange Cinema
Fade In
Pastilles for the Voyage
Your Name Here
from Chinese Whispers (2002)
A Nice Presentation
Disagreeable Glimpses
Theme Park Days
From the Diary of a Mole
Mordred
The Lightning Conductor
I Asked Mr. Dithers Whether It Was Time Yet He Said No to Wait
Chinese Whispers
In the Time of Pussy Willows
Little Sick Poem
Local Legend
Portrait with a Goat
As Umbrellas Follow Rain
Oh Evenings
Runway
Her Cardboard Lover
The Haves
Like Air, Almost
The Blessed Way Out
The Business of Falling Asleep (2)
Sir Gammer Vans
from Where Shall I Wander (2005)
Ignorance of the Law Is No Excuse
Day's of Reckoning
Coma Berenices
The New Higher
Interesting People of Newfoundland
Retro
Annuals and Perennials
Heavy Home
The Template
The Snow-Stained Petals Aren't Pretty Any More
Sonnet: More of Same
The Love Interest
Composition
Where Shall I Wander
Index of Titles and First Lines

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