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External Links
Ashbery Resource Center
A project of The Flow Chart Foundation for Bard College.
Jacket magazine #2: Special Ashbery Issue
Articles by Marjorie Perloff and John Tranter, and "The Burden of the Park".
EPC: John Ashbery
Links from the Electronic Poetry Center.
Modern American Poetry: John Ashbery
Resources compiled and prepared by Edward Brunner.
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John Ashbery
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John Ashbery

John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, on July 28, 1927. He is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including Quick Question (Ecco, 2012); Planisphere (2009); A Worldly Country (2007); Where Shall I Wander (2005); Chinese Whispers (2002); Your Name Here (2000); Girls on the Run: A Poem (1999); Wakefulness (1998); Can You Hear, Bird (1995); And the Stars Were Shining (1994); Hotel Lautrémont (1992); Flow Chart (1991); and April Galleons (1987).

Ashbery has won nearly every major American award for poetry. His collection A Wave (1984) won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975) received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award; and Some Trees (1956) was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series.

He has also published Other Traditions: the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures (2000); Reported Sightings (1989), a book of art criticism; a collection of plays; a novel, A Nest of Ninnies (1969), with James Schuyler; and edited The Best American Poetry 1988.

Ashbery served as the poet laureate of New York State from 2001 to 2003. He was also the first English-language poet to win the Grand Prix de Biennales Internationales de Poésie (Brussels), and has also received the Bollingen Prize, the English Speaking Union Prize, the Feltrinelli Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, two Ingram Merrill Foundation grants, the MLA Common Wealth Award in Literature, the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize, the Frank O'Hara Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Fulbright Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.

A former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Ashbery is currently the Charles P. Stevenson, Jr., Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. He divides his time between New York City and Hudson, New York.


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Poems by
John Ashbery

Alcove
At North Farm
Bells II
Daffy Duck In Hollywood
Elective Infinities
Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape
For John Clare
Instead of Losing
Into the Dusk-Charged Air
Love in Boots
Meaningful Love
Mottled Tuesday
My Philosophy of Life
Robin Hood's Barn
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror [MS excerpt]
Some Trees
Syringa
The New Higher
The Plural of Jack-in-the-Box

Read by
John Ashbery

Fish by Daniel Halpern
Over 2,000 Illustrations and a Complete Concordance by Elizabeth Bishop

Translations by
John Ashbery

Antique by Arthur Rimbaud

Prose by
John Ashbery

John Ashbery on James Tate
John Ashbery: Villa Madama, Rome, 1963
The Beautiful Changes
Video: The Other Twenty-Three Hours

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