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John Ashbery

Five Years On: The Day JA Died

[Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, and John Ashbery – (Photographer Unknown, circa 1965)]

“….exquisite mind cartoons that could be heard with eyes closed, the voice perfectly ordinary with the slight edge of extravagant conversational camp, a mind artifice not unnatural to hypnagogic revery, deceptive, till you hear the chasm landscapes and awkward universes created and contradicted in vast gas-deposit shocking trivial universal mind.”
--- Allen Ginsberg – from an introduction to a reading by John Ashbery, at Naropa Institute, 1975.

Hear Ashbery’s reading (along with W.S.Merwin) on that occasion here

John Ashbery’s passing last weekend continues to send shockwaves.

A selection of sites – From the writers at The New Yorker –  Larissa MacFarquhar‘s aptly-titled, “The Gentleness of John Ashbery“,  Alex Ross “Driving Country Roads With John Ashbery“,  Paul Muldoon, “John Ashbery Changed The Rules of American PoetryBen Lerner“John Ashbery’s Whisper Out of Time”,  and Dan Chiasson“Postscript”

Rae Armantrout, and David Orr, in The New York Times, Tania Ketenjian in The Guardian,  (see also Mark Ford in The Guardian), Matthew Zapruder  in the San Francisco Chronicle

David Lehman at Best American Poetry has made available a space for an on-going series of remembrances – see also the recollections there of Archie Rand,  John Emil VincentTerence Winch, and (on his own blog) Michael Lally 

Andrew Epstein and his Locus Solus – The New York School of Poets, specializing in this field, is a must-go-to resource

For the rest of this September 2017 post, click here
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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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