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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Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

The lines read more like free flowing seemingly disjointed thoughts building off one another than they do pretentious poetic con Although Ashbery is a notoriously academic i. The only poem that has any staying power for me is the title poem, and only bits of it.

I don’t know if I’ll finish it or not. Read reviews that mention title poem poems poetry sense ashberry collection poet encountered important meaning art confusion john poets pulitzer stick.

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The argument feeds the narrator’s discussion of the distortion of dreams and reality. It also delves into themes such as mirfor nature of art, poetry, and artistic expression, and explores such philosophical issues as the nature of personal identity and the soul. Since then, he has worked as the Charles P. I am convinced that it would be a mistake to overlook this very important and engaging work. Modern Language Association http: Ashbery relates Freedberg’s analysis of the portrait’s use of realism to project disharmony rather than truth.


I used to think they were all alike, That the present always looked the same to everybody But this confusion drains away as one Is always cresting into one’s present.

One Poet’s Notes: John Ashbery: “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror”

Read more Read less. His consciousness moves in a recurring, although decentered, self-portait from a meditation of the Parmigianino painting to a contemplation of his own life, to a consideration of the nature of poetic and pictorial representation, and back to the painting once again, azhbery the meditation starts anew. There is no way To build it flat like a section of wall: Reviewers often comment that the language in it is more straightforward than in his other poems, and that the subject of the poem remains consistent throughout.

May 20, Tyler Kazokas rated it it was amazing. Does the couple represent the people who are labeling the river? Unpicking the loony personal experience that Pound offers in The Cantos is really rewarding and interesting compared to this.

This book sshbery always been an inspiring one for me, I’ve used it for cut-ups for ages, because the lines are adhbery intricately constructed. Poems by John Ashbery: Jul 27, Mitch rated it really liked it.

His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Many people think it makes a great deal of difference how you conceive of poetry—as something to be heard or something to be read. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

The work is ostensibly a meditation on Parmigianino’s painting, offering lengthy observations on Parmigianino’s artistic technique and skill. The book that I received has a different cover from the posted picture. This book deserves its reputation as a major work of American literature.


Also, Ashbery’s poem Girls on the Run was inspired by and reproduces an image on the cover by the outsider artist Henry Darger, whose life story is fascinating, disturbing, tragic.

Ashbery’s short cataloging of the details of city life is a reminder of the way he interacts with the portrait, is drawn to it, and is then drawn back again to his own reality, his own creation, forcing the reader into the same flux of attention.

This nondescript, never-to-be defined daytime is The secret of where it takes place And we can no longer return to the various Conflicting statements gathered, lapses of memory Of the principal witnesses. On the other hand, the input for my poetry seems to come from colloquial talk and the inaccurate ways we present our ideas to other people and yet succeed in doing so despite our sloppiness.

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

My classes are really on a sort of low conversational level. Teaching creative writing is a very good idea for me because I couldn’t make a living otherwise. The rest self-portraait more confusing.

Rather, in human fashion, he persists in that which is ultimately hopeless.