John Ashbery

Rookie (28 July 1927 / Rochester, New York)

John Ashbery Poems

1. The New Higher 6/2/2015
2. Soonest Mended 10/20/2015
3. The Problem of Anxiety 10/1/2015
4. Hotel Lautréamont 2/10/2015
5. Wet Casements 11/21/2014
6. Pantoum 2/5/2015
7. The Dong With The Luminous Nose 2/2/2015
8. The Instruction Manual 1/23/2015
9. Poem At The New Year 8/31/2008
10. For John Clare 1/20/2003
11. Glazunoviana 3/11/2006
12. Syringa 1/20/2003
13. Into The Dusk-Charged Air 1/20/2003
14. Farm Implements And Rutabagas In A Landscape 1/20/2003
15. Just Walking Around 3/11/2006
16. My Philosophy Of Life 1/20/2003
17. Daffy Duck In Hollywood 1/20/2003
18. Self-Portrait In A Convex Mirror 1/20/2003
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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Orpheus liked the glad personal quality
Of the things beneath the sky. Of course, Eurydice was a part
Of this. Then one day, everything changed. He rends
Rocks into fissures with lament. Gullies, hummocks
Can't withstand it. The sky shudders from one horizon
To the other, almost ready to give up wholeness.
Then Apollo quietly told him: "Leave it all on earth.
Your lute, what point? Why pick at a dull pavan few care to
Follow, except a few birds of dusty feather,

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