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John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, in 1927. He earned degrees from Harvard and Columbia, and he traveled as a Fulbright Scholar to France in 1955. Best known as a poet, he has published more than twenty collections, most recently A Worldly Country (Ecco, 2007). His Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (Viking, 1975) won the three major American prizes: the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and an early book, Some Trees, was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series. He has served as executive editor of Art News and as the art critic for New York magazine and Newsweek. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he serv...more


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Self-Portrait in a Convex M...
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 2,298 ratings — published 1975 — 9 editions
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Selected Poems
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 813 ratings — published 1967 — 7 editions
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The Tennis Court Oath
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 338 ratings — published 1962 — 5 editions
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The Mooring of Starting Out
4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 270 ratings — published 1997 — 3 editions
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Girls on the Run
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Some Trees
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 223 ratings — published 1956 — 5 editions
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Houseboat Days
4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 216 ratings — published 1977 — 4 editions
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Three Poems
4.49 of 5 stars 4.49 avg rating — 213 ratings — published 1972 — 5 editions
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Where Shall I Wander
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Flow Chart
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At incredible speed, traveling day and night,
Through blizzards and desert heat, across torrents,
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But will he know where to find you,
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message 7: by Rosa (last edited Oct 03, 2013 12:32AM)

Rosa Jamali O' Mr Ashbery, you've always been inspiring to me! When my mind's blocked & doesn't work, there's a poet called Ashbrey to read and overread!


Jeffrey Cyphers Wright Hey John, thrilled to be in touch. My fuller review of Illuminations will be in the Brooklyn Rail in May.


a persian& hi mr ashbery
thanks for adding


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Jill Chan Thank you for accepting my friend request. That's kind of you.


Andrea Kulman Hi & thank you for being a friend on Good Reads!


سپیده جدیری Dear Mr. Ashbery,
You are a well-known poet in Iran. Did you know that? I am proud of that you accepted my friend request. Thank you.


message 1: by Helvy

Helvy
You are a great poet, John.
I've read your book since I was at elementary school.
Nice to see u here...


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