The Mooring of Starting Out: The First Five Books of Poetry

The Mooring of Starting Out: The First Five Books of Poetry

by John Ashbery
     
 

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In 1976, poet John Ashbery received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Published to honor his 70th birthday, this collection demonstrates Ashbery's extraordinary development as a poet over the first 20 years of his poetry writing career.

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In 1976, poet John Ashbery received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Published to honor his 70th birthday, this collection demonstrates Ashbery's extraordinary development as a poet over the first 20 years of his poetry writing career.

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Nicholas Jenkins
The elusiveness and mysterious promise of his lines remind us that we always have a future and a condition of meaningfulness to start out toward. — The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880015271
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/01/1997
Pages:
383
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.41(h) x 1.38(d)

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Two Scenes

1.

We see us as we truly behave:
From every corner comes a distinctive offering.
The train comes bearing joy;
The sparks it strikes illuminate the table.
Destiny guides the water-pilot, and it is destiny.
For long we hadn't heard so much news, such noise.
The day was warm and pleasant.
"We see you in your hair,
Air resting around the tips of mountains."

2.

A fine rain anoints the canal machinery.
This is perhaps a day of general honesty
Without example in the world's history
Though the fames are not of a singular authority
And indeed are dry as poverty.
Terrific units are on an old man
In the blue shadow of some paint cans
As laughing cadets say, "In the evening
Everything has a schedule, if you can find out what it is."

Meet the Author

John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, in 1927. He is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including Quick Question; Planisphere; Notes from the Air; A Worldly Country; Where Shall I Wander; and Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, which received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award. He lives in New York.

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