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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New York City remains an international cultural and artistic capital. I am looking forward to reading more Ashbery books to find out!

What has finally given me permission to say I don’t like it is listening to the mirorr Poetry Magazine’s podcast in which they defend Ashbery, saying the work is bricolage.

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I would like to do more but I haven’t figured out what form they’re going to take yet—in fact I prefer to do that after I’ve already begun. View all 5 comments.

You read lines like: Repeatedly, Ashbery refers to the protected, embalmed, sequestered, imprisoned face of the painter, surrounded at the painting’s base by the large, curved right hand, which is elongated and slightly distorted by the convex surface. If there’s a Best Ashbery Book, this is it. The reductiveness of the Parmigianino self-portrait is not the only flaw Ashbery has discovered; there is also the painting’s lifelessness, its static unreality.

It seems that my inexperience holds me back from understanding your meanings. In fact, it took years for me to discover the incredible beauty and intellectual stimulation within Ashbery’s poetry. The appreciation of syntax–here is a poet finding the poetry of the American idiom, as William Carlos Williams wanted.

Its existence Was real, though troubled, and the ache Of this waking dream can never drown out The diagram still sketched on the wind, Chosen, meant for me and materialized In the disguising radiance of my room.

I thought the topics you posted on were very interesting. When I initially read this volume I found it strangely troubling and thought-provoking.

Tomorrow is easy, but today is uncharted, Desolate, reluctant as any landscape To yield what are laws of perspective After all only to the painter’s deep Mistrust, a weak instrument though Necessary. The gray glaze of the past attacks all know-how: Sep 24, Patrick Marcoux added it. Well, I hate bricolage, so hooray!


While both pieces are works of self-representation, Ashbery strives to analyze Parmigianino’s as well as his own methods of self-portrayal, thereby distinguishing his approach from Parmigianino’s by his attempt to eliminate not the self-reflexivity of the work, but the narcissistic and limiting qualities he finds in the kn. During the High Renaissance, the highest achievements in painting were characterized by spatial harmony, exquisite arrangements of subjects, and proportions that were naturalistic and graceful.

It showcases the highest caliber of U. Jul 26, Jeff comvex it liked it. Love the twists and turns, and it is around this time that Ashbery settles in to writing the kind of work he is so famous for.

Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

Do you think it’s a good idea on the whole since it’s not something that you ever learned when you were young? I don’t know if I’m poetry-deaf or what, but this just seems like a bunch of words strung together for no reason other than to befuddle.

It is closer to the chaos, or truth, or to the ideal form that we sometimes touch but ceaselessly forget, and that we consistently try to remember, in the same way comvex try to remember our dreams once we are awake. So as to create something new For itself, that there is no other way, That the history of creation asbery according to Stringent laws, and that things Do get done in this way, but never the things We set out to accomplish and wanted so desperately To see ni into being.

Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. At the time, however, a new movement, that which became known as Mannerism, was becoming prominent. But nothing is self-poetrait to anything.

Gottlieb writes about his own painting:. Readers are encouraged to visit the Poetry from Paradise Valley page at the publisher’s web site, where ordering information about the book can be found. I feel some trepidation. ashberu

If you’ve already read other works by Ashbery, but have not read this work, you need to get yourself a copy and get to it. Since then, he has worked as the Charles P. Your argument, Francesco, Had begun to grow stale ashbdry no answer Or answers were forthcoming. 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. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.


Teaching creative writing is a very good idea for me because I couldn’t make a living otherwise. One is forced to read The perfectly plausible accomplishment of a purpose Into the smooth, perhaps even bland but so Enigmatic finish.

Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery

You will stay on, restive, serene in Your gesture which is neither embrace nor warning But which holds something of both in pure Affirmation that doesn’t affirm anything. In some ways, it was characterized by anti-aestheticism, or by the rejection of the notion of self-pprtrait artistic principles. This book deserves its reputation as a major work of American literature. May 09, Steve rated it did not like it Shelves: To Ashbery the painting’s fullness is fundamentally empty: I’m not an Ashbery fan and don’t like his influence on contemporary poetry.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. This past Is now here: The book that I received has a different cover from the posted picture. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. However, being full of plural pronouns as it is, Ashbery’s poetry also strikes me as being much less personal than O’Hara’s; rarely, if ever, when I’m reading Ashbery do I get the feeling that Self-portrai am talking to a much-beloved old friend.

Nov 15, Justin self-portrat it it was amazing. Repeatedly, Ashbery calls attention to the creation not just of art, but of his creation of this work of art. On the surface of it There seems no special reason why that light Should be focused by love, or why The city falling un its beautiful suburbs Into space always less clear, less defined, Should read as the support of its progress, The easel upon which the drama unfolded To its asubery satisfaction and to the end Of our dreaming, as we had never imagined It would end, in worn daylight with the painted Promise showing through as a gage, a bond.