John Ashbery

Rookie (28 July 1927 / Rochester, New York)

John Ashbery Poems

1. The New Higher 6/2/2015
2. The Problem of Anxiety 10/1/2015
3. How to Continue 5/21/2016
4. Last Month 5/21/2016
5. Late Echo 5/21/2016
6. Late-ish 5/21/2016
7. Leave the Hand In 5/21/2016
8. Like a Sentence 5/21/2016
9. The Mauve Notebook 5/21/2016
10. Mean Particles 5/21/2016
11. My Erotic Double 5/21/2016
12. The Painter 5/21/2016
13. People Behaving Badly a Concern 5/21/2016
14. Pyrography 5/21/2016
15. Rivers and Mountains 5/21/2016
16. Street Musicians 5/21/2016
17. These Lacustrine Cities 5/21/2016
18. This Room 5/21/2016
19. Uptick 5/21/2016
20. Vetiver 5/21/2016
21. Wet Casements 5/21/2016
22. Steel and Air 8/13/2016
23. Meaningful Love 12/5/2015
24. A Voice from the Fireplace 1/27/2016
25. A Worldly Country 5/21/2016
26. Alms for the Beekeeper 5/21/2016
27. And Ut Pictura Poesis Is Her Name 5/21/2016
28. Anticipated Stranger 5/21/2016
29. Blueprints and Others 5/21/2016
30. Boundary Issues 5/21/2016
31. Bunch of Stuff 5/21/2016
32. The Bungalows 5/21/2016
33. By Guess and by Gosh 5/21/2016
34. Chinese Whispers 5/21/2016
35. Day Bump 5/21/2016
36. Dramedy 5/21/2016
37. El Dorado 5/21/2016
38. Hotel Lautréamont 2/10/2015
39. The Dong With The Luminous Nose 2/2/2015
40. Wet Casements 11/21/2014
Best Poem of John Ashbery

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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My Philosophy Of Life

Just when I thought there wasn't room enough
for another thought in my head, I had this great idea--
call it a philosophy of life, if you will.Briefly,
it involved living the way philosophers live,
according to a set of principles. OK, but which ones?

That was the hardest part, I admit, but I had a
kind of dark foreknowledge of what it would be like.
Everything, from eating watermelon or going to the bathroom

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