Girls on the Run: A Poem
Girls on the Run is a poem loosely based on the works of the "outsider" artist Henry Darger (1892-1972), a recluse who toiled for decades at an enormous illustrated novel about the adventures of a plucky band of little girls. The Vivians are threatened by human tormentors, supernatural demons, and cataclysmic storms; their calmer moments are passed in Edenic landscapes. Darger traced the figures from comic strips, coloring books, and other ephemeral sources, filling in the backgrounds with luscious watercolor. John Ashbery's Girls on the Run creates a similar childlike world of dreamy landscapes, lurking terror, and veiled eroticism. Its fractured narrative mode almost (but never quite) coalesces into a surrealist adventure story for juvenile adults.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - tungsten_peerts - LibraryThing
Ashbery is usually interesting, sometimes revelatory. Here his "subject" is the strange world of "outsider" artist Henry Darger and in particular Darger's bizarre life-work _In the Realms of the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dawnpen - LibraryThing
It aint the best Ashbery I've read. Something about it is itchy and something else is whimsical, but joyless in its whimsy which is difficult and not pleasing and I'm trying to decide if that's the ... Read full review