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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Heffernan studies ekphrasis the practice of describing works of visual art as a struggle between two modes of representation and discusses Ashbery’s work within this larger framework. Paintings like the Jjohn self-portrait hide the fact that they have come into existence through arbitrary selections made by the congex from among his perceptions, thoughts, and feelings. How does any of this connect to the first six lines? Vasari relays that the self-portrait was created by Parmigianino as an example to showcase his talent to potential customers.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The artist’s own self-involvement has led to its isolation, Ashbery seems to be saying, whereas his own work of art, the poem, seeks to use art to identify connection, to the world, to reality, to a consciousness of the present moment. The couple at a picnic table but It’s too early in the johj for picnics Are traipsed across by the river’s Unknowing knowledge of its workings To avoid possible boredom and the stain Of too much intuition the whole scene Is walled behind glass.

It’s both beautiful and, for me at least, utterly meaningless. I used to think they were all alike, That the present always looked the same to everybody But this confusion drains away as one Is always cresting into one’s present. During the High Renaissance, the highest achievements in painting were characterized by spatial harmony, exquisite arrangements of subjects, and proportions that were naturalistic and graceful. However, art also exists as a tool that holds its subject in place, preserving a moment in mmirror, so that the past is always evident in the present.


You seem to possess within your work an air of total freedom of expression ashberry imagery, somewhat interesting pogtrait puzzling.

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

Cknvex than most poets, you’ve written long poems periodically. And yet, they relate to an inner consciousness, a character or perspective. The long poem seems to gain a kind of richness from being written by not different poets, but a poet who is different each time.

The first time I read through the book, I didn’t start understanding the poems at all until about half way through the book, yet still liked them. Big, but not coarse, merely asnbery another scale, Like a dozing whale on the sea bottom In relation to the tiny, self-important ship On the surface.

Well, I mean, GOD. Does the couple represent the people who are labeling the river? Maybe that’s the point. Why throw in a hawk?

If anyone can explain this book to me, I’m all ears. I think of the friends Who came to see me, of what yesterday Was like. Tinted Distances Click Image for Information. Ashbery relates Freedberg’s analysis of eelf portrait’s use of realism to project disharmony rather than truth.

Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery

I could be completely wrong in my interpretation Dana says: Surely that would solve everything by supplying A theory of knowledge on a scale with the gigantic Bits and pieces of k If the first or last poem doesn’t touch some pink, squishy area inside of you, z may be dead. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. Submit Review Copies of Books Authors and publishers are invited to submit review copies of recent books to the following address: Newer Jojn Older Post Home.

In addition, everyone may participate with commentary on the Facebook page’s discussion board about authors and works appearing in all the issues of VPR. This is what the portrait says. To perceive a particular means grasping for only a second a “truth” that kn vanishes into an imponderable generality.

He gets us this big piece of the cake and we nibble it on the fat couch.


Jun 15, James rated it it was amazing. I feel some trepidation. Yet we are such creatures of habit that their Implications are still around en permanence, confusing Issues. Additionally, he discusses that this is mitror done in other works of art as well, particularly in Parmigianino’s self-portrait.

Dec 15, Jenna rated it really liked it Shelves: One may view art as a fictitious substitute, though a valuable representation, for actual experience. In reference I have to admit, I have a hard time with Ashberry. Creative writing as a subject open to everyone is a recent development in American education. It is housed in the Kunsthistorisches MuseumViennaAustria.

An LP record of all your favorite friendships, Of letters from the front? It wants To siphon off the life of the studio, deflate Its mapped space to enactments, island it.

One is forced to read The perfectly plausible accomplishment of a purpose Into the smooth, perhaps even bland but so Enigmatic finish. Amen to all the comments below except those by Sunprincess a wonderful write – -did she really read the same poem?

It happened while you were inside, asleep, And there is no reason why you should have Been awake for it, except that the day Is ending and it will be hard for you To get to sleep tonight, at least until late. A tough but very rewarding collection of excellent poems on the slipperiness of reality, our inability to ever grasp it, and the way it elides comprehension even at the very moment of perception.

I don’t know if I’ll finish it pogtrait not. Like Mannerist paintings which drew attention to themselves as artificial creations through exaggeration, Ashbery draws attention to his own work of art by examining his own act of creating it.

The gray glaze of the past attacks all know-how: