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Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror: Poems (Penguin Poets) [John Ashbery] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. John Ashbery’s most renowned. 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. 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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Visual images do not have to conform to verbal thinkingas Gottlieb points out, but they can generate a parallel verbal universe, and it is this sort of a universe that Ashbery’s poetry has consistently evoked. The concreteness and detail of the poem show a love of things in their variety and keen emotional responses.

One Poet’s Notes: John Ashbery: “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror”

The only poem that has any staying power for me is the title poem, and only bits of it. Yet I think that the more demotic the discussion becomes, the better it is for all of us.

Pepper is a memorable one, as almost every Beatle album had that distinction. The opposite side Is plunged in shade, this one In self-esteem. Why must you go? The light sinks today with an enthusiasm I have known elsewhere, and known why It seemed meaningful, that others felt this way Years ago. You will stay on, restive, serene in Your gesture which is neither embrace nor warning But which holds something of both in pure Affirmation that doesn’t affirm anything.

This inversion is revealed in the first section of the poem, when Ashbery, after describing Parmigianino’s technical-methodology, reflects that the effect the artist has achieved has been to capture the soul: There are sudden shifts in person and in tenses. His art and story are both worth investigating.


The shadow of the city injects its own Urgency: However its distortion does not create A feeling of disharmony. Alwa This one won a Pulitzer Prize, with the famous poem, “Foreboding” and the great title 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.

A perverse light whose Imperative of subtlety dooms in advance its Conceit to light up: Hasn’t it too its lair In the present we are always escaping from And falling back into, as the waterwheel of days Pursues its uneventful, even serene course? I believe you will find that you either love or hate his work. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

The poem virtually resonates or extends the painting’s meaning. How does any of this connect to the first six lines? Teaching creative writing is a very good idea for me because I couldn’t make a living otherwise. 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”. Ashbery has a reputation for being hard.

And this is, of course, just my opinion. The book, especially the lengthy concluding poem for which it is named, solidified Ashbery’s reputation as a major American poet and remains his most widely-read work. The hand in the foreground is greatly elongated and distorted by the mirror.

It, of course, famously won many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Be the first to ask a question about Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. If you assume there is no best Ashbery book, you might find this irritating, but it’s there, anyway. Do you want to do that again, or is that something you wanted to do just one time?

Ashbery’s body of work includes poetry, a novel, plays, and essays, and he has received numerous awards and prizes for his achievements, in addition to those bestowed upon Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror: 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.


Francesco, your hand is big enough To wreck the sphere, and too big, One would think, to weave delicate meshes That only argue its further detention. Ashbery’s short cataloging of the details of city life is a reminder of the way he interacts with the portrait, is drawn to it, and is then drawn back again to his own reality, his own creation, forcing the reader into the same flux of attention.

Ashbery’s poetry and this volume resist paraphrase. The poem is available in Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror: Can you imagine another society picking this up a few hundred years from now?

Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

Integrity of the book is intact and as described. In representing himself, Parmigianino has had to exclude much about his life and world that must have defined him as a person. Nevertheless conceptual art remains fashionable: And yet, so far removed from the source, the capturing of such ideas with any accuracy is impossible. Following the September 11,terrorist attacks, this effort at communal poetry was employed to create self-pogtrait traveling exhibition featuring poems of lines each, mmirror line for each story of the World Trade Center towers destroyed in the attacks.

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