Self-portrait in a convex mirror: poems

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Viking Press, 1975 - Fiction - 83 pages
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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 reaffirms the poetic powers that have made him such an outstanding figure in contemporary literature. This new book continues his astonishing explorations of places where no one has ever been.

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Review: Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

User Review  - Daniel - Goodreads

One of the most important individual volumes of poetry ever published. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Even if you end up ... Read full review

Review: Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

User Review  - David Biddle - Goodreads

This is a book that sits in front of me while I work everyday. I have read its poems dozens of times over the years. When words begin to stick the wrong way in my head and my mind stops sliding sideways, I read out of Self-Portrait until I'm moving again. Read full review


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About the author (1975)

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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