Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror: Poems (Penguin Poets) [John Ashbery] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. John Ashbery’s most renowned. Written in a style often described as verbal expressionism, “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror” is the title poem in the collection for which John Ashbery won a. John Ashberry won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. Ashberry.

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The work is self-portrwit by Late Renaissance art biographer Giorgio Vasariwho lists it as one of three small-size paintings that the artist brought to Rome with him in I am in the midst of reading the Library of America’s collection of Ashbery’s poems from and wanted to pause to try to take stock through this important collection.

The book consists of 35 poems, including the title poem. Furthermore, the mirror is not a simple flat mirror, ij a convex mirror. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

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Elsewhere we are self-portraiy sitting in a place where sunlight Filters down, self-porfrait little at a time, Waiting for someone to come.

This book has always been an inspiring one for me, I’ve used it for cut-ups for ages, because the lines are so intricately constructed. Poemsthe lengthy title poem was inspired by a painting by the same name, completed inby the Renaissance painter Francesco Mazzolawho is most commonly known as Parmigianino.

Books by John Ashbery. In reference I have to admit, I have a hard time with Ashberry.

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Clouds In the puddle stir up into sawtoothed fragments. Very little sticks with me. Collected Poems, Library of America, No. It is a weird feeling, liking poems while they didn’t really make sense.

His art and story are both worth investigating. The title poem opens with a comment on the distortive quality of art even in its lucidity. Surely that would solve everything by supplying A theory of knowledge on a scale with the gigantic Bits and pieces of knowledge we have retained: A touch of surrealism here, and a smidge of classicism there really add a dichotomy to this collection in which Ashbery paradoxically takes his reader to the center of things by continuously circumventing it.

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But so too does the artwork derived from the mind of the poet, whose eventual creation comes as a pleasant revelation, something one could not consciously cause, but one invents when allowing thought association and wordplay during the composition process.

I couldn’t force myself to read more than the first verse, and even that made little sense. Too bad, I mean, that getting to know each just for a fleeting second Must be replaced by imperfect knowledge of the featureless whole, Like some pocket history of the world, so general As to constitute a sob or a wail unrelated To any attempt at definition.

Self-Portrait In A Convex Mirror – Poem by John Ashbery

I think for those first approaching Ashbery’s work, this is probably the best place to start. The concreteness and detail of the poem show a love of things in their variety and keen emotional responses. Creative writing as a subject open to everyone is a recent development in American education. But we know it cannot be sandwiched Between two adjacent moments, that its windings Lead nowhere except to further tributaries And that these empty themselves into a vague Sense of something that can never be known Even though it seems likely that each of us Knows what it is hohn is capable of Communicating it to the other.

Jun self-portralt, Stop added it. Secrets of wash and finish that took a lifetime To learn and are reduced to the status of Black-and-white illustrations in a book where asbery Are rare. Such a startling response is likened by Ashbery to the bizarre experiences of one of nineteenth-century fantasy and science fiction writer E.

What has finally given me permission to say I don’t like it is listening to the august Poetry Magazine’s podcast in which they defend Ashbery, saying the work is bricolage. As I start to forget it It presents its stereotype again But it is an unfamiliar jogn, the face Self-pottrait at anchor, issued from hazards, soon To accost others, “rather angel than man” Vasari.

Thursday, July 19, John Ashbery: With short, vivid phrases, Ashbery outlines the way Italian painter and architect Giorgio Vasari discusses the creation of Parmigianino’s convex mirror itself from a sphere of wood. If you discover that you love it, move on to other works such as The Mooring of Starting Out – a 1 volume edition of his first 4 volumes of poetry, or Where Shall I Wander – one of his latest works According to the children’s rhyme, “Tuesday’s child is full of grace.


Big, but not coarse, merely on another scale, Like a dozing whale on the sea bottom In relation to the tiny, self-important ship On the surface. This ashbefy its negative side. O’Hara maintained a certain persona throughout much of his poetry: Alternatively, many critics emphasize the ways in which Ashbery compares and contrasts Parmigianino’s visual act of concex with the poet’s own written act of self-representation.

Through his interaction with the artwork, and his understanding of the possibilities of the reader’s reaction to his poem, Ashbery emphasizes both the isolating and connecting nature of art. In turn, Ashbery always expressed curiosity about elements of pop culture.

This might be a good way for other readers to approach the book. What we need now is this unlikely Challenger pounding on the gates of an amazed Castle. Following the September 11,terrorist attacks, this effort at communal poetry was employed to create a traveling exhibition featuring poems of lines each, one line for each story of the World Trade Center towers destroyed in the attacks. Read Deep Comments are quite amusing here.

Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror: Dear Janet Grau, Yes, you certainly may quote from the article. John Ashbery, more than any other contemporary, is the poet of the momentary, the transitory. His works Houseboat Days and As We Know were increasingly described as both ,irror to decipher and avant-garde avant-garde is a term applied to artwork that is viewed as obscure, intellectual, and experimental.

Paintings like the Parmigianino self-portrait hide the fact that they have come into existence through arbitrary selections made by the painter from among his perceptions, thoughts, and feelings. Repeatedly he refers to his own actions, nestled as they are within his descriptions of Parmigianino’s portrait and his reaction to the work.

And just as there are no words for convexx surface, that is, No words to say what it really is, that it is not Superficial but a visible core, then there is No way out of the problem of pathos vs.