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Title:
As umbrellas follow rain
Author:
Ashbery, John, 1927-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Lenox, MA : Qua Books, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
48 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Poems.

Edition of 1,000 copies.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780970876300

9780970876317
Format :
Book

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Central Library PS3501.S475 A88 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Author Notes

John Ashbery was born on July 28, 1927 in Rochester, New York. He received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a master's degree in English from Columbia University. After graduating, he wrote advertising copy for Oxford University Press and McGraw-Hill.

In 1955, he won the Yale Younger Poets prize for his first collection, Some Trees. While on a Fulbright scholarship to Paris, he began writing art criticism and editing small journals. After about a decade in France, he returned to New York, where he became executive editor of ARTnews and continued to work as an arts journalist. After ARTnews was sold in 1972, he taught and wrote art criticism.

He wrote several collections of poetry including Houseboat Days, Flow Chart, And the Stars Were Shining, and Turandot and Other Poems. He received a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976 for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. He also received the Antonio Feltrinelli International Prize for Poetry in 1992, the Ambassador Book Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2011. In 1993, the French government made him a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He also translated the poems of Pierre Martory. He died on September 3, 2017 at the age of 90.

(Bowker Author Biography)


John Ashbery was born on July 28, 1927 in Rochester, New York. He received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a master's degree in English from Columbia University. After graduating, he wrote advertising copy for Oxford University Press and McGraw-Hill.

In 1955, he won the Yale Younger Poets prize for his first collection, Some Trees. While on a Fulbright scholarship to Paris, he began writing art criticism and editing small journals. After about a decade in France, he returned to New York, where he became executive editor of ARTnews and continued to work as an arts journalist. After ARTnews was sold in 1972, he taught and wrote art criticism.

He wrote several collections of poetry including Houseboat Days, Flow Chart, And the Stars Were Shining, and Turandot and Other Poems. He received a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976 for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. He also received the Antonio Feltrinelli International Prize for Poetry in 1992, the Ambassador Book Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2011. In 1993, the French government made him a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He also translated the poems of Pierre Martory. He died on September 3, 2017 at the age of 90.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Red Skelton asked me if I had a book coming out. He seemed drowned/ in lists of trivia and itching-powder dreams / you know, the kind that make you wake up/ and then sort of fall back asleep again./ His brother was cleaning up after the elephants..." Each of these 30 short lyrics displays the quiet, attentive mastery that has become Ashbery's trademark since April Galleons, when he seemed to put away his avant-garde party suit permanently and adopted the "French Zen" persona he credited his old friend Frank O'Hara with founding. One poem has the speaker ruminating nostalgically on the now-extinct "pancake clock" ("It had tiny Roman numerals embedded in its rim"), while another, "Random Jottings of an Old Man," starts as a Seuss-like spectacle of evicting an unwanted poetry-producing houseguest, and morphs into a wistful, Proustian revelry of sounds and senses: "The pianola never recovered from the loss." If only for this new emotion he's invented "flagrant" longing for "multiple directions" Ashbery's new book is great: accessible, yet challenging our habits of feeling. (Jan.) Forecast: Qua books, a new venture from New England poets Michael Gizzi and Craig Watson, "publishes exceptional literary works in high-quality limited editions... present[ing] vital works by under-represented writers as well as key editions to bodies of work by recognized masters." As the press's first book, this title from longtime Farrar, Straus & Giroux author Ashbery should generate some attention and win the press shelf space. Meanwhile, the grapevine reports lots of new Ashbery material already in the can and queued up at FSG for release later this year. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Publisher's Weekly Review

"Red Skelton asked me if I had a book coming out. He seemed drowned/ in lists of trivia and itching-powder dreams / you know, the kind that make you wake up/ and then sort of fall back asleep again./ His brother was cleaning up after the elephants..." Each of these 30 short lyrics displays the quiet, attentive mastery that has become Ashbery's trademark since April Galleons, when he seemed to put away his avant-garde party suit permanently and adopted the "French Zen" persona he credited his old friend Frank O'Hara with founding. One poem has the speaker ruminating nostalgically on the now-extinct "pancake clock" ("It had tiny Roman numerals embedded in its rim"), while another, "Random Jottings of an Old Man," starts as a Seuss-like spectacle of evicting an unwanted poetry-producing houseguest, and morphs into a wistful, Proustian revelry of sounds and senses: "The pianola never recovered from the loss." If only for this new emotion he's invented "flagrant" longing for "multiple directions" Ashbery's new book is great: accessible, yet challenging our habits of feeling. (Jan.) Forecast: Qua books, a new venture from New England poets Michael Gizzi and Craig Watson, "publishes exceptional literary works in high-quality limited editions... present[ing] vital works by under-represented writers as well as key editions to bodies of work by recognized masters." As the press's first book, this title from longtime Farrar, Straus & Giroux author Ashbery should generate some attention and win the press shelf space. Meanwhile, the grapevine reports lots of new Ashbery material already in the can and queued up at FSG for release later this year. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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