Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

by John Ashbery


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John Ashbery’s most renowned collection of poetry -- Winner of The Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award 

First released in 1975, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror is today regarded as one of the most important collections of poetry published in the last fifty years.  Not only in the title poem, which the critic John Russell  called “one of the finest long poems of our period,” but throughout the entire volume, Ashbery reaffirms the poetic power that made him an outstanding figure in contemporary literature.  These are poems “of breathtaking freshness and adventure in which dazzling orchestrations of language open up whole areas of consciousness no other American poet as ever begun to explore” (The New York Times).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140586688
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1990
Series: Penguin Poets Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 829,414
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.27(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Ashbery (1927 – 2017) was the author of more than twenty-five collections of poetry, including Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, which won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award;  Selected Poems (1985); and Selected Later Poems (2007), which was awarded the 2008 International Griffin Poetry Prize. Ashbery’s honors included a MacArthur Fellowship and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Foundation in 2011.

Table of Contents

Self-Portrait in a Convex MirrorAs One Put Drunk into the Packet-Boat
Worsening Situation
Forties Flick
As You Came from the Holy Land
A Man of Words
Absolute Clearance
Grand Galop
Poem in Three Parts
Voyage in the Blue
Farm II
Farm III
Hop o' My Thumb
De Imagine Mundi
The Tomb of Stuart Merrill
Mixed Feelings
The One Thing That Can Save America
Tenth Symphony
On Autumn Lake
Fear of Death
Ode to Bill
Lithuanian Dance Band
Sand Pail
No Way of Knowing
City Afternoon
Robin Hood's Barn
All and Some
Oleum Misericordiae
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

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Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
librarianbryan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Title poem comes at the end decodes (relatively) the formal intentions of all the earlier ones. He's splitting the difference between lyricism and experimental form to the detriment of both.
dawnpen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
John with these things that are on the inside and they are so so. After all, he is the head of the epistemological revolution in American poetry (says T. Hoagland) and after all he was a truly truly queerified fellow with the art-part-ment to prove it and didn't he live in Paris for a while like a good little J.A. He's laughing at us for loving him. I just know he's holding these flowers and he gets it. He gets us this big peice of the cake and we nibble and nibble.
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celineM More than 1 year ago
this is really worth buying...