Written in a style often described as verbal expressionism, “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror” is the title poem in the collection for which John Ashbery won a. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror: Poems (Penguin Poets) [John Ashbery] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. John Ashbery’s most renowned. 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.

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Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

Ashbery has a reputation for being hard. I’ve never read Ashbery before and it’s a shame it took until his passing for me to pick up one of this books, but here we are. Often the focus of such studies is on the way Ashbery discusses both the limitations and possibilities of artistic representation of any kind. Such a startling response is likened by Ashbery to the bizarre experiences of one of nineteenth-century fantasy and science fiction writer E.

Parmigianino’s isolation inspires Ashbery’s attempt to connect himself to todayto his life in New York, which he describes. The winner of many prizes and awards, both nationally and internationally, he has received two Guggenheim Fellowships and was a MacArthur Fellow from to To convert the feelings evoked by, or contained within, the portrait, or within the poet’s own self, into poetry means finding words for the ineffable, a paradoxical and doomed endeavor, but one which the poet, as Ashbery views the role, is destined to undertake continually:.

The politics of this time greatly impacted the endeavors of artists, such as Parmigianino, whose work inspired Ashbery’s poem.

It arrived in Prague inand later it become part of the Habsburg imperial collections in Viennaalthough attributed to Correggio. He wanted, in other words, to make his poem serve as a critical reflection of the painting: Those voices in the dusk Have told you all and still the tale goes on In the form of memories deposited in irregular Clumps of crystals.


Self-Portrait In A Convex Mirror Poem by John Ashbery – Poem Hunter

Something like living occurs, a movement Out of the dream into its codification. Meaningless, boring monologue which I suppose was intended to stay in beat. I think it is the idea of eating oysters, or strawberries and cream. The difficulty in recall with his work, for me, lies in the fact that Ashbery sequences images and thoughts in ways that foll Ugh, wonderful!

My favorite poems in this book While I was looking for poems online, I found out that you can get Ashbery ringtones! He doesn’t do narrative; whenever he starts to tell a story he gets distracted and piles on different ideas that I find distracting, and not in a good way. It’s challenging, vaporous, reflective in a highfalutin way that can feel distant and a little portait.

I suppose it is unremarkable that every song on Sgt. Although Ashbery is a notoriously academic i.

Self-Portrait In A Convex Mirror – Poem by John Ashbery

If they are to become classics They must decide which side they are on. It’s both beautiful and, for me at least, utterly meaningle My second “Ashbury,” and things are going along the lines of the first “Houseboat Days”. The depths Ashbery reaches to deal with this artwork, though.

And we have really No time for these, except to use them For kindling. A mood, a Stimmung, adding up to a sense of what they really were, All along, through the chain of lengthening days. Perhaps his best, and his most accessible.

God speed to you all etc. They were to nourish A dream which includes them all, as they are Finally reversed in the accumulating mirror. Although he is New York School, Stephen Burt’s Elliptical Poets owe him much–what he leaves out of a poem, the sharp and sensible jumps. Surely that would solve everything by supplying A mirrir of knowledge on a scale with the gigantic Bits and pieces of knowledge we have retained: This otherness, this “Not-being-us” is all there is to look at In the mirror, though no one can say How it came to be this way.


I think most people would argue that Ashbery is a greater poet than O’Hara, but my heart prefers O’Hara nonetheless. Dreams filter a truth that is just beyond our reach, and artists and poets further distill these ideas into artistic representations.

Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery

Our time gets to be veiled, compromised By the portrait’s will to endure. Amen to all the comments below except those by Sunprincess a wonderful write – -did she really read the same poem? Particularly since Dana says that the first time she read this book — at my age — she sensed something very profound was happening but couldn’t get a handle on what it was.

It seems like a very hostile universe But as the principle of each individual thing is Hostile to, exists at the expense of all the others As portrakt have often pointed out, at least This thing, the mute, undivided present, Has the justification of logic, which In this instance isn’t a bad thing Or wouldn’t be, if the way of telling Didn’t somehow intrude, twisting the end result Into a caricature of itself.