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John Ashbery

John Ashbery - Planisphere
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ISBN: 978 1 847770 89 9
Categories: 21st Century, American, Gay and Lesbian
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: December 2009
216 x 135 x 9 mm
160 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Tell me another dream. The long events surface
    wider, further apart, like autumn breakers.
    Birds are suddenly there. The house of cards
    on sand falters, fatally. I am elated.
    You never know how things work out
    except through “sleight” of hand, sometimes.

    from ‘Summer Reading’
    Even after half a century of amazing readers, John Ashbery continues to delight and challenge with his inventiveness. Planisphere takes the reader on a dizzying journey in the company of a virtuoso and sorcerer who makes the commonplace magical, disorientates and teases, and conjures glimpses of ‘horizons… bright and anxious’: ‘a space like a dream’. Planisphere restores to us a sense of joy and unease at the untried possibilities of language and of the world we take for granted.

    Cover image © Quemadura. Cover design

    Attabled with the spinning years
    B——'s mysterious greeting
    Boulevard exelmans in the rain
    Boundary issues
    The Burning candle
    Chair rental
    Deep surprise
    Default mode
    El Dorado
    Experiment perilous
    Floating away
    For Fuck's sake
    The foreseeable future
    Giraffe headquarters
    A goose walks along a path
    The gracious silhouette of ...What?
    Happy as the sun
    He who loves and runs away
    I didn't know what time it was
    Idea of Steve
    In a wonderful place
    In one afternoon
    Is it just me or
    Just how cloudy everything gets
    The later me
    Leave the hand in
    Living in a big way
    The logistics
    Longing of the accords
    Lost sonnet
    Magnetic flowers
    More of what happened
    No extras
    No reason not to
    No rest for the weary
    Not my favorite shirt
    O Knave
    The old jurisdiction
    Partial clearing
    A penitence
    Perplexing ways
    The person of whom you speak
    The Plywood years
    Product placement
    Ragtime Cowboy Joe
    Rego park
    River of the Canoefish
    The salve merchant
    The seventh Chihuahua
    Some had lunch
    Some silly thing
    Something it wasn't
    Songs without words
    Sons of the desert
    Spooks run wild
    Sticker shock
    Street dust
    Stress related
    Structures in sand
    The stumming
    Summer reading
    Surprising announcement
    Then there was the occasional abasement
    They knew what they wanted
    This incredible tapestry
    This listener
    Tous les regretz
    The Tower of London
    Upstate dancers
    Variation in the key of c
    The virgin king
    The winemakers
    Working overtime
    World's largest glass of water
    You haven't received the letters yet?
    Zero percentage
    JOHN ASHBERY was born in Rochester, New York, in 1927. He has published more than twenty collections of poetry, beginning in 1953 with Turandot and Other Poems. In 1976, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror won the Pulitzer, National Book Award, and National Book Critics Circle Award. His art writings are collected ... read more
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