Written in a style often described as verbal expressionism, “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror” is the title poem in the collection for which John Ashbery won a. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror: Poems (Penguin Poets) [John Ashbery] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. John Ashbery’s most renowned. John Ashberry won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. Ashberry.

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Tomorrow is easy, but today is uncharted, Desolate, reluctant as any landscape To yield what are laws of perspective After all only to the painter’s deep Mistrust, a weak instrument though Necessary. To convert the feelings evoked by, or contained within, the portrait, or within the poet’s own self, into poetry means finding words for the ineffable, a paradoxical and doomed endeavor, but one which the poet, as Ashbery views the role, is destined to undertake continually:.

To perceive a particular means grasping for only a second a “truth” that then vanishes into an imponderable generality. Its scene drifts away Like vapor scattered on the wind. There are no recesses mirroe the room, only alcoves, And the window doesn’t matter much, or that Sliver of window or mirror on the right, even As a gauge of the weather, which in French iin Le temps, the word for time, and which Follows a course wherein changes are merely Features of portraot whole.

Self-Portrait In A Convex Mirror Poem by John Ashbery – Poem Hunter

Jan 01, Valerie rated it really liked it Shelves: The work was painted on a specially-prepared convex panel in order to mimic the curve of the mirror used. He’s laughing at us for loving him. The Pop art movement has been seen alternately as a rejection of, or an expansion of, the modes of abstract expressionismwhich remained a prevalent style of New York artists in the s.


A famous example is Warhol’s repetition, in garish colors, of the sekf image of Marilyn Monroeor his detailed paintings of Campbell’s soup cans.

Lists with This Book. It must move As little as possible.

In this review, I’ll sort out which is which, and dare you to up the percentages. Expressionism, or verbal expressionism, is the literary equivalent of the artistic abstract expressionismin which the artist intentionally ashbeey elements of distortion to create a desired emotional effect. In reference to Parmigianino’s hand in the self portrait, and you get an idea of Ashberry’s greatness. That’s not something I do. They realize that not only am I not any smarter, I’m really not a better person than they are.

Being able to put today into perspective is nearly impossible. Nov 04, Sara Batkie added it. Dec 15, Steven Critelli rated it it was amazing.

Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

Indeed, in many ways an artwork becomes dependent upon its spectators for fabrication of new or evolving perspectives and further appreciation. Perhaps his best, and his most accessible. A touch of surrealism here, and a smidge of classicism there really add a dichotomy to this collection in which Ashbery paradoxically takes aashbery reader to the center of things by continuously circumventing it.

But nothing is connected to anything. This replaces the old VPR mailing list for notification of new issues. Dec 23, Jamie rated it it was amazing Shelves: John Ashbery’s Other Poems. Inpoet, literary critic, and art historian David Shapiro explains in John Ashbery: No music, no humanity.

Love once Tipped the scales but now is shadowed, invisible, Though mysteriously present, around somewhere.

Self-Portrait In A Convex Mirror – Poem by John Ashbery

I think it is the idea of eating oysters, or strawberries and cream. I don’t know if I’m poetry-deaf or what, but this just seems like a bunch of words strung together for no reason other than to befuddle. Sydney Freedberg in his Parmigianino says of it: Today enough of a cover burnishes To keep the supposition of promises together In one piece of surface, letting one ramble Back home from them so that these Even stronger possibilities can remain Whole without being tested.


Our time gets to be veiled, compromised By the portrait’s will to endure. Alwa This one won a Pulitzer Prize, with the famous poem, “Foreboding” and the great title poem.

Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror (poetry collection) – Wikipedia

To ask other readers questions about Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirrorplease sign up. Poem is way too long. Ashbery is a challenging poet, mapping the threads of portraiit and unconscious thought with a precision that is sometimes baffling, but mostly illuminating.

Only in that tooting of a horn Down there, for a moment, I thought The great, formal affair was beginning, orchestrated, Ashbdry colors concentrated in a glance, a ballade That takes in the whole world, now, but lightly, Still lightly, but with wide authority and tact. The soul has to stay where it is, Even though restless, hearing raindrops at the pane, The sighing of autumn leaves thrashed by the wind, Longing to be free, outside, but it must stay Posing in this place.

The sample One sees is not to be taken as Merely that, but as everything as it May be imagined outside time–not as a gesture But as all, in the refined, assimilable state.