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1994. Introduced by David Lehman.
John Ashbery is the internationally renowned poet associated with "the New York School." His Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and National Book Award.
The poems in this recording come from the poet's seventeenth collection of poetry, Can You Hear, Bird. Library Journal says of this Ashbery recording that "one listens to him reading much as one does to readings of Wallace Stevens--for the musicality, for the snatches of humor or twists of a phrase."
Length: 42 min.
1. Introduction by David Lehman
2. Introduction to "The Military Base"
3. The Military Base
4. Operators Are Standing By
5. Getting Back In
6. The Desolate Beauty Parlor on Beach Avenue
7. My Name is Dimitri
8. The Latvian
9. Angels, You
10. From a Grey Pavilion
12. The Waiting Ceremony
13. Angry Students
14. My Philosophy of Life
15. A Day at the Gate
16. Dangerous Moonlight
17. Introduction to "Love in Boots"
18. Love in Boots
19. I Saw No Need
20. Yes, Dr. Grinsmerk, How May I be of Assistance to You?
What, You Say the Patient Has Escaped?