John Ashbery

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John Ashbery
Accepting the 2010 Best of Brooklyn Award
Accepting the 2010 Best of Brooklyn Award
BornJohn Lawrence Ashbery
(1927-07-28)July 28, 1927
Rochester, New York, U.S.
DiedSeptember 3, 2017(2017-09-03) (aged 90)
Hudson, New York, U.S.
OccupationPoet, professor
NationalityAmerican
Period1949–2017
Literary movementSurrealism, The New York School, Postmodernism
Notable worksSelf-portrait in a Convex Mirror
Notable awardsMacArthur Fellowship, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, Guggenheim Fellowship
SpouseDavid Kermani

John Lawrence Ashbery[1] (July 28, 1927 – September 3, 2017) was an American poet.[2] He wrote more than twenty volumes of poetry and won nearly every major American award for poetry, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his collection Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.

Ashbery died on September 3, 2017 at his home in Hudson, New York of natural causes at the age of 90.[3] He was survived by his husband David Kermani.[4]

Poetry[change | change source]

  • Turandot and other poems (1953)
  • Some Trees (1956), winner of the 1955 Yale Series of Younger Poets
  • The Tennis Court Oath (1962)
  • Rivers and Mountains (1966)
  • The Double Dream of Spring (1970)
  • Three Poems (1972)
  • The Vermont Notebook (1975)
  • Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975)
  • Houseboat Days (1977)
  • As We Know (1979)
  • Shadow Train (1981)
  • A Wave (1984)
  • April Galleons (1987)
  • Flow Chart (1991)
  • Hotel Lautréamont (1992)
  • And the Stars Were Shining (1994)
  • Can You Hear, Bird? (1995)
  • The Mooring of Starting Out: The First Five Books of Poetry (1997)
  • Wakefulness (1998)
  • Girls on the Run (1999)
  • Your Name Here (2000)
  • As Umbrellas Follow Rain (2001)
  • Chinese Whispers (2002)
  • Where Shall I Wander (2005)
  • Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems (2007)
  • A Worldly Country (2007)
  • Planisphere (2009)
  • Collected Poems 1956–87 (2010)
  • Quick Question (2012)
  • Breezeway (2015)
  • Commotion of the Birds (2016)
  • They Knew What They Wanted: Collages and Poems (2018)
  • Parallel Movement of the Hands: Five Unfinished Longer Works (2021)

References[change | change source]

  1. "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  2. Ryzik, Melena (August 27, 2007). "80-Year-Old Poet for the MTV Generation". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-08-21. It is John Ashbery, the prolific 80-year-old poet and frequent award winner known for his dense, postmodern style and playful language. One of the most celebrated living poets, Mr. Ashbery has won MacArthur Foundation and Guggenheim fellowships and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his collection "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror."
  3. http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/john-ashbery-regarded-worlds-greatest-poets-dies-age-49599605
  4. "John Ashbery, celebrated and challenging poet, dies at 90 - San Francisco Chronicle". Archived from the original on 2017-09-04. Retrieved 2017-09-03.

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