Selected Poems

Paperback | December 2, 1986

byJohn Ashbery

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A collection of poetry by one of the most inventive and influential contemporary American poets.

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A collection of poetry by one of the most inventive and influential contemporary American poets.

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 w...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.92 inPublished:December 2, 1986Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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Table of Contents

John Ashbery: Selected PoemsFrom Some Trees
Two Scenes
Popular Songs
The Instruction Manual
The Grapevine
A Boy
The Picture of Little J. A. in a Prospect of Flowers
The Young Son
Some Trees
The Painter
And You Know
A Long Novel
The Pied Piper
Le Livre est sur la table

From The Tennis Court Oath
Thoughts of a Young Girl
"How Much Longer Will I Be Able to Inhabit the . . ."
White Roses
Our Youth
An Additional Poem
A Last World
From The New Realism

From Rivers and Mountains
Rivers and Mountains
Last Month
If the Birds Knew
Into the Dusk-Charged Air
The Ecclesiast
The Recent Past
A Blessing in Disguise
From The Skaters

From The Double Dream of Spring
The Task
Spring Day
Plainness in Diversity
Soonest Mended
It Was Raining in the Capital
Variations, Calypso and Fugue on a Theme of Ella Wheeler Wilcox
For John Clare
Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape
Some Words
The Bungalows
The Chateau Hardware
Sortes Vergilianae

From Three Poems
The System

From Self-Portrait In a Convex Mirror
As One Put Drunk into the Packet-Boat
Worsening Situation
Forties Flick
As You Came from the Holy Land
Grand Galop
Hop o' My Thumb
Mixed Feelings
Oleum Misericordiae
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

From Houseboat Days
Street Musicians
The Other Tradition
Wooden Buildings
The Gazing Grain
Unctuous Platitudes
The Couple in the Next Room
Business Personals
Crazy Weather
On the Towpath
Bird's-Eye View of the Tool and Die Co.
Wet Casements
Saying It to Keep It from Happening
Daffy Duck in Hollywood
Houseboat Days
The Lament upon the Waters
And Ut Pictura Poesis Is Her Name
What Is Poetry
And Others, Vaguer Presences
The Wrong Kind of Insurance
The Ice-Cream Wars
Blue Sonata
from Fantasia on "The Nut-Brown Maid"

From As We Know
From Litany
Many Wagons Ago
As We Know
Flowering Death
Haunted Landscape
My Erotic Double
Train Rising out of the Sea
Late Echo
And I'd Love You to Be in It
A Love Poem
This Configuration
Their Day
A Tone Poem
The Other Cindy
The Plural of "Jack-in-the-Box"

From Shadow Train
The Pursuit of Happiness
Punishing the Myth
Paradoxes and Oxymorons
Another Chain Letter
The Ivory Tower
At the Inn
The Absence of a Noble Presence
Here Everything Is Stilll Floating
Some Old Tires
Something Similar
Or in My Throat
The Leasing of September
Unusual Precautions
We Hesitate
The Vegetarians

From A Wave
At North Farm
The Songs We Know Best
Landscape (After Baudelaire)
Just Walking Around
The Ongoing Story
Thank You for Not Cooperating
More Pleasant Adventures
Purists Will Object
37 Haiku
The Lonedale Operator
Darlene's Hospital
Whatever It Is, Wherever You Are
A Wave