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ISBN-10: 0472031392

ISBN-13: 9780472031399

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Authors: John Ashbery, Eugene Richie, John Ashbery

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"By the end of the book, Ashbery has laid out not only a course in contemporary poetics but a portrait of the artist teaching himself to become a thoroughly Modernist poet---in small bites, easy to savor, easy to digest." ---Los Angeles Times Book Review "This is a marvelous book by one of our greatest poets. Reading John Ashbery's Selected Prose is like listening to a brilliant talker who not only keeps us entertained and laughing, but who also has wise things to say about all sorts of interesting subjects." ---Charles Simic "At last! Many of the fugitive pieces collected in this volume---on Gertude Stein, on Frank O'Hara, on Marianne Moore or Adrienne Rich---published as many of them were in out-of-the way places, have already become collectors' items, providing fascinating---and often startling--- assessments of their subjects as well as new insight into Ashbery himself. Now here they are between two covers, along with many hitherto unknown pieces on subjects ranging from Michel Butor to Mary Butts, Jane Freilicher to Mark Ford. For anyone who cares about the contemporary poetry/art scene, this is an indispensable collection." ---Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University Selected Prose contains a broad selection of texts by internationally acclaimed poet and critic John Ashbery. This third collection of Ashbery's critical writings dramatically expands the terrain covered by the first two, Reported Sightings: Art Chronicles 1957-1987 and Other Traditions (first presented as the Norton Lectures at Harvard). These essays on writers, artists, filmmakers and the life of a poet provide insight into Ashbery's evolution as one of the major poets in English. Ashbery's criticism is as essential to the cultural history of the twentieth century as was that of T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden. His unique sensibility has had a profound impact on the literature and arts of our time, and his influence is certain to be felt for decades to come. Editor Eugene Richie's introduction provides a meaningful context for fifty years' worth of critical and creative prose by one of America's finest poets.
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Book details

List price: $23.95
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 11/30/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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.

Introduction
The Impossible: Gertrude Stein
Review of Michel Butor's La modification
A Note on Pierre Reverdy
Antonin Artaud: Poet, Actor, Director, Playwright
On Raymond Roussel
Introduction to Raymond Roussel's "In Havana"
A Conversation with Kenneth Koch
Brooms and Prisms: Jasper Johns
Tradition and Talent: Philip Booth, Stanley Moss, and Adrienne Rich
Frank O'Hara, 1926-1966
Writers and Issues: Frank O'Hara's Question
Jerboas, Pelicans, and Peewee Reese: Marianne Moore
The Decline of the Verbs: Giorgio de Chirico
Introduction to a Reading by Robert Duncan
Up from the Underground: Jane Bowles
Alfred Chester's Sweet Freaks
A Game with Shifting Mirrors: Jorge Luis Borges
Ecrivain Maudit: Witold Gombrowicz
Straight Lines over Rough Terrain: Marianne Moore
The New York School of Poets
Comment on Lee Harwood's The White Room
Review of Ted Berrigan's The Sonnets
Throughout Is This Quality of Thingness: Elizabeth Bishop
Further Adventures of Qfwfq, et al.: Italo Calvino
Introduction to The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara
North Light: Louisa Matthiasdottir
In the American Grain: A. R. Ammons and John Wheelwright
Jacques Rivette: Rivette Masterpiece(s?)
Introduction to E. V. Lucas and George Morrow's What a Life!
The Figure in the Carport: Kenward Elmslie
Second Presentation of Elizabeth Bishop
A Reminiscence: Frank O'Hara
Schubert's Unfinished: David Schubert
On the Poetry of F. T. Prince
Introduction to Fairfield Porter's The Collected Poems with Selected Drawings
Introduction to Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre's Fantomas
Featured Poet: Nicholas Moore
An Unpublished Note: Raymond Roussel
A Note on "Variation on a Noel"
Foreword to The Third Rose: Gertrude Stein and Her World
Introduction to The Best American Poetry
Introduction to a Reading by James Schuyler
Poetical Space
Introduction to a Reading by Michael Palmer and James Tate
Introduction to Raymond Roussel's Documents to Serve as an Outline
Introduction to Gerrit Henry's The Mirrored Clubs of Hell
Preface to Mary Butts's From Altar to Chimney-Piece
Review of Mark Ford's Landlocked
Introduction to Pierre Martory's The Landscape Is behind the Door
Introduction to a Reading by Robert Creeley and Charles Tomlinson
Robert Frost Medal Address
Introduction to Robert Mapplethorpe's Pistils
Introduction to Joe Brainard: Retrospective
Introduction to Trevor Winkfield's Pageant
Frederic Church at Olana: An Artist's Fantasy on the Hudson River
Introduction to a Reading by Charles North
Obituary for Pierre Martory
Foreword to Mark Ford's Raymond Roussel and the Republic of Dreams
Introduction to an Exhibition Catalogue: Lynn Davis
On Jane Freilicher's View over Mecox (Yellow Wall)
Introduction to James Schuyler's Alfred and Guinevere
Introduction to a Reading by Tony Towle
Larry Rivers Was Dying. He Asked to See Friends
New York? Mais Oui!: Rudy Burckhardt
Foreword to Mark Ford's Soft Sift
Preface to Paul Killebrew's Forget Rita
On the Poetry of Joan Murray
On Val Lewton's The Seventh Victim
On F. T. Prince's "The Moonflower"
Biographies
Index