ASHBERY SIGHTINGS: THE CARNIVAL OF LANGUAGE (BEIJING NEWS)

ASHBERY SIGHTINGS: THE CARNIVAL OF LANGUAGE (BEIJING NEWS)

It’s not usual we have an Ashbery Sighting from the Beijing News, but the following appeared recently, on the occasion of Ashbery’s work appearing in a new Chinese edition (Thank you, Google Translate, though with a good bit of light editing necessary still, and yet still much of this remaining as inscrutable as it may be interesting) :

…Of course, meaning is the inherent attribute of language. Poetry with language as its starting point cannot be completely separated from meaning. But in this tradition, poetry no longer pursues a "central meaning,” but rather its focus is on the center. The escape of meaning, the result of the language of the carnival (that is, the so-called language dance of Valery) itself disintegrates the central meaning, with the joy of the flow of the language, the latter is crushed into fragments of meaning that are incoherent…

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ASHBERY SIGHTINGS: MUSICIANS ON WRITING WITH JULIA HOLTER (LARB)

ASHBERY SIGHTINGS: MUSICIANS ON WRITING WITH JULIA HOLTER (LARB)

You wrote the usual bad undergraduate poetry? [Laughs.]

Yeah, and I found that to be a nice kind of escape. I think that I remember the first time that I remember reading John Ashbery in a class too, and that blew my mind.

Do you remember what you read?

It was “Syringa.”

Huh. 

I forget what book collection it’s in. I don’t know how to describe it. I feel like I never fully know how to describe what he does, but it’s amazing…

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ASHBERY SIGHTINGS: THE LUMINOUS AND POETIC SONG OF JOHN ASHBERY (LA RAZÓN)

ASHBERY SIGHTINGS: THE LUMINOUS AND POETIC SONG OF JOHN ASHBERY (LA RAZÓN)

[translated from Spanish] John Ashbery (Rochester, New York 1927- New York, 2017), is undoubtedly the most important living American poet today. Endowed with a plural capacity of form, Ashbery has been developing a writing increasingly mobile and more accurate, in whose precise mechanisms can be captured all the invisible, including "the smell of light", and the epic of everyday life, conceived as a "going through the same street in different times", knowing that it is never possible to "alter the heart of things", because we are all "between nothingness and paradise", which does not prevent you from discovering "the rainbow of tears" "In the midst of the discomforts of an increasingly complex society…

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ASHBERY SIGHTINGS: MADELEINE PEYROUX—ANTHEM (MUSICA JAZZ)

ASHBERY SIGHTINGS: MADELEINE PEYROUX—ANTHEM (MUSICA JAZZ)

And I believe that the result can be defined as a short story about my personal problems, which in turn reflect all those we have today in the United States. Anthem Is an album “born from the group”: my friends and I locked ourselves in a room, meditating on the events of the world and letting personal experiences give rise to ideas. The sadness of David Baerwald, caused by the death of the poet John Ashbery, gave rise to feelings of admiration for certain characters…

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SELF-PORTRAIT IN A CONVEX MIRROR SELECTED FOR FRANCE'S 2020 AGRÉGATION CONCOURS

SELF-PORTRAIT IN A CONVEX MIRROR SELECTED FOR FRANCE'S 2020 AGRÉGATION CONCOURS

The French Ministry of Education has announced the next English language selections for the “Concours externe de l’agrégation du seconde degré,” a remarkable honor. The French press release can be accessed here, and a bit more information on the agrégation examination here. Ashbery’s Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror will be studied in France by a new generation of English literature graduate students, and no doubt lead to a new supply of Ashbery scholarship out of France.…

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ASHBERY SIGHTINGS: DOOMSTEAD / HOUSEBOAT DAYS (NEW YORK TIMES)

ASHBERY SIGHTINGS: DOOMSTEAD / HOUSEBOAT DAYS (NEW YORK TIMES)

THE SHORTLIST

Four New Poetry Collections Confront Despair With Wonder

from The New York Times, April 26, 2019

“To praise this, blame that, / Leads one subtly away from the beginning, where / We must stay, in motion.” This quote from John Ashbery’s “Houseboat Days” anchors Teare’s latest volume, a book about climate change, apocalypse and grief, but also a book Teare composed while walking. In wandering, his poems deliberately cultivate attentiveness to the motions of mind…

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ASHBERY SIGHTINGS: WITNESS IN THE CONVEX MIRROR

ASHBERY SIGHTINGS: WITNESS IN THE CONVEX MIRROR

Poetry buffs will be intrigued to know that each poem in the book begins with a line or two from John Ashbery’s celebrated collection “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.” It comes with glowing praise from poet Timothy Yu, who said Tabios “cracks open Ashbery’s convex mirror to reveal a secret history of our times. Her virtuoso riffs on Ashbery’s masterwork are no mere exercise, but open up into unexpected vistas.”

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POETRY FROM INDEPENDENT VOICES—OPEN ACCESS TO DIGITIZED LITERARY MAGAZINES (JSTOR)

POETRY FROM INDEPENDENT VOICES—OPEN ACCESS TO DIGITIZED LITERARY MAGAZINES (JSTOR)

As we reach the end of Poetry Month, you might like to know about the amazing collection of alternative literary magazines that are part of Reveal Digital’s Independent Voices collection. Here, anyone (you!) can browse rare gems like Adventures in Poetry and L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E. And so, so much more.

John Ashbery in O-blek responding to, we presume, Wallace Stevens: “The waltz no longer a strain/now”…

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SARAH ROTHENBERG ON JOHN ASHBERY (DA CAMERA BLOG)

SARAH ROTHENBERG ON JOHN ASHBERY (DA CAMERA BLOG)

I first met John Ashbery in upstate New York in the 1990’s when I was teaching at Bard College. John and his partner David lived nearby in Hudson, and we quickly discovered that we were also neighbors in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. John was a remarkable character, absolutely original in his modest yet deep erudition, shyness coupled with bursts of outrageous humor, and his embrace of the American vernacular in all its forms. Countless dry martinis, obscure camp movie reruns with titles I no longer remember, art exhibits and poetry readings, summer birthday parties in July, and dinners cooked together in the large kitchen of his Victorian house on Court Street — these images of shared moments and past laughter come floating up decades later…

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A CELEBRATION OF RAYMOND ROUSSEL’S "THE ALLEY OF FIREFLIES AND OTHER STORIES" AT TIBOR DE NAGY

A CELEBRATION OF RAYMOND ROUSSEL’S  "THE ALLEY OF FIREFLIES AND OTHER STORIES" AT TIBOR DE NAGY

On the occasion of The Song Cave’s publication of The Alley of Fireflies and Other Stories, translated by Mark Ford, The Flow Chart Foundation—devoted to exploring the interrelationships of various art forms as guided by the legacy of John Ashbery—in partnership with The Song Cave and Tibor de Nagy Gallery, presents a discussion and reading featuring poet/critic Ann Lauterbach, translator/writer Mark Polizzotti, and artist/translator Trevor Winkfield. ..

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ASHBERY ORG COMBINES POETRY AND FILM IN UNIQUE FIRST PERFORMANCE AT HUDSON HALL (RURAL INTELLIGENCE)

ASHBERY ORG COMBINES POETRY AND FILM IN UNIQUE FIRST PERFORMANCE AT HUDSON HALL (RURAL INTELLIGENCE)

On paper, the event coming up on Friday, April 5 at Hudson Hall sounds like a complicated avant-garde poetry exercise. But be not afraid. Flow Chart Cabaret Cinema: A Night of Neo-Benshi is a celebration of collaboration, and of poet John Ashbery’s love of the inspirational and often whimsical interrelationship between different fields of art. Throughout the evening poets will perform over, and enhance, movie clips with the sound removed. Think a poetry reading that’s not stuffy or intimidating crossed with What’s Up, Tiger Lily?…

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ASHBERY SIGHTINGS: THE FINAL PROPHESY OF W. S. MERWIN (THE NEW YORKER)

ASHBERY SIGHTINGS: THE FINAL PROPHESY OF W. S. MERWIN (THE NEW YORKER)

Merwin published an excellent selected volume in 2017, which I reviewed in this magazine. I was finishing it up when I heard of the death of John Ashbery, who was born in the same year as Merwin. I remember thinking that Ashbery, in his bland, white high-rise in Chelsea, and Merwin, in his palm garden in Hawaii, were like the gates of the rising and the setting sun. American sentries: Ashbery faced east (his actual apartment faced slightly west; just go with it), and kept an eye on reality as it approached, always monitoring its fresh and new and bewildering presentations…

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DA CAMERA OF HOUSTON PRESENTS "ASHBERYANA: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF POET JOHN ASHBERY"

DA CAMERA OF HOUSTON PRESENTS "ASHBERYANA: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF POET JOHN ASHBERY"

Da Camera joins forces with renowned American composers and musicians to celebrate John Ashbery’s legacy with works that reflect his playfulness, wit and humor. The greatest American poet of his generation, Ashbery visited Houston for a Da Camera concert during Sarah Rothenberg’s first season as artistic director. Joan Tower’s Holding a Daisy was written for Rothenberg, as was Charles Wuorinen’s Ashberyana, recorded by Da Camera for Naxos.

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PARIS REVIEW ISSUE 228 INCLUDES NEWLY PUBLISHED ASHBERY POEMS

PARIS REVIEW ISSUE 228 INCLUDES NEWLY PUBLISHED ASHBERY POEMS

When I think about it the total simplicity
charms me the way a wreck would, or a wraith. 
Obviously there’s nothing wrong with standing to one side
while the boars brush past, or invoking a ton of nymphs
if you want to: that’s show business, and horse trading
as well. Nor is it bad form to challenge the deity
over pale attributes emitted but never
knowingly received. While there’s a dead-letter office
one should be gradual in assuming and allocating 
blame, lest one’s last donation loom smallest
in the rear-view mirror’s tailpiece.

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ASHBERY SIGHTINGS: NO HE VENIDO A HABLAR DE MI LIBRO/"I HAVE NOT COME TO TALK ABOUT MY BOOK" (El Columbiano)

ASHBERY SIGHTINGS: NO HE VENIDO A HABLAR DE MI LIBRO/"I HAVE NOT COME TO TALK ABOUT MY BOOK" (El Columbiano)

So that if one day the authors deleted the explanations about their books we might not miss anything. What's more, we would save ourselves from rude efforts and useless sweats. It is something John Ashbery seemed to have clear when he interrupted his friend, also a poet, Kenneth Koch, in a 1965 conversation in Tucson, Arizona. He interrupted him to say: "Yawn." The tense silence that followed that word was the starting point of a brief scuffle…

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