Houseboat days: poems

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Viking Press, 1977 - Fiction - 88 pages
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I loved Wallace Stevens growing up, his freshness of phrasing, his esoteric and eccentric vocabulary, the clash of buried yearning, density, color, and the hermetic pronouncements. When I finally fell ... Read full review

Contents

Street Musicians
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The Explanation
14
BirdsEye View of the Tool and Die Co
27
Copyright

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About the author (1977)

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 with Oxford University Press and McGraw-Hill. His collection of poems, Turandot and other Poems, published in 1953, established his reputation as one of the leading American poets of his generation. Ashbery feels strongly influenced by film and other art forms. The abstract expressionist movement in art had a profound effect on his writing style. Frequently termed a philosophical poet, Ashbery's poems often deal with the mind and the connection of the reader. Ashbery has published several volumes of poetry, including Houseboat Days and Flow Chart. Highly regarded by critics, he received a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976, all for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. He received the Ambassador Book Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He also writes under the pseudonym Jonas Berry.

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