John Ashbery

Rookie (28 July 1927 / Rochester, New York)

John Ashbery Poems

1. The New Higher 6/2/2015
2. Wet Casements 11/21/2014
3. The Dong With The Luminous Nose 2/2/2015
4. Hotel Lautréamont 2/10/2015
5. The Instruction Manual 1/23/2015
6. Pantoum 2/5/2015
7. Poem At The New Year 8/31/2008
8. Syringa 1/20/2003
9. For John Clare 1/20/2003
10. Glazunoviana 3/11/2006
11. Farm Implements And Rutabagas In A Landscape 1/20/2003
12. Into The Dusk-Charged Air 1/20/2003
13. Just Walking Around 3/11/2006
14. My Philosophy Of Life 1/20/2003
15. Daffy Duck In Hollywood 1/20/2003
16. Self-Portrait In A Convex Mirror 1/20/2003
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Self-Portrait In A Convex Mirror

As Parmigianino did it, the right hand
Bigger than the head, thrust at the viewer
And swerving easily away, as though to protect
What it advertises. A few leaded panes, old beams,
Fur, pleated muslin, a coral ring run together
In a movement supporting the face, which swims
Toward and away like the hand
Except that it is in repose. It is what is
Sequestered. Vasari says, "Francesco one day set himself
To take his own portrait, looking at himself from that purpose
In a convex mirror, such as is used by barbers . . .
He accordingly caused a ball of wood to be ...

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Daffy Duck In Hollywood

Something strange is creeping across me.
La Celestina has only to warble the first few bars
Of "I Thought about You" or something mellow from
Amadigi di Gaula for everything--a mint-condition can
Of Rumford's Baking Powder, a celluloid earring, Speedy
Gonzales, the latest from Helen Topping Miller's fertile
Escritoire, a sheaf of suggestive pix on greige, deckle-edged
Stock--to come clattering through the rainbow trellis
Where Pistachio Avenue rams the 2300 block of Highland

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