Hannah Aizenman on poetry that was published in The New Yorker in 2017, including poems by Frank Bidart, Tracy K. Smith, Chana Bloch, John Ashbery, and more.
David Lehman joins Kevin Young to read and discuss John Ashbery’s poem “Worsening Situation” and his own poem “Stages on Life’s Way.”
Dan Chiasson writes about the best poetry of 2017, including work from Layli Long Soldier, Danez Smith, Ange Mlinko, John Ashbery, and more.
I don’t want to neglect to write about the recent death of John Ashbery (NY Times obit). I’ve posted his poems here a number of times (2009, 2005, 2004); here’s a recent (May 5, 2016) one from the LRB (which is temporarily making their entire archive of Ashbery poems available without a subscription): Understandably It’s […]
He wasn’t always an éminence grise. Remembering his confident post-Stonewall style and those dashing author photos.
Myles remembers the iconic gay poet.
A brief memorial at the New Yorker website.
Epochs last a long time, so they don’t end very often and sometimes it can be hard to tell when they do. The death of John Ashbery on Sunday marks a real historical threshold, the passing away of the generation of writers who turned modernism into a tradition.In American poetry, ... More »
Ben Lerner writes about the late poet John Ashbery and his mixture of genius and modesty.
Alex Ross recalls meeting the late poet John Ashbery, and writes about his eclectic taste in music.
Much of life consists of musing moments when we look at something so beautiful or surprising that we wonder, briefly, who we are. This is the feeling the poet gave his readers.
“He taught me that poetry can be anything and with that comes great freedom.” Reminiscences by a former student of the poet John Ashbery upon his death. And for a contemporary take on the question of just what, exactly, poetry is and/or...Show More Summary
Larissa MacFarquhar writes about the American poet John Ashbery, who died at the age of ninety.
Hannah Aizenman looks back at the late poet John Ashbery’s work in The New Yorker, as well as writing about Ashbery by Larissa MacFarquhar and others.
John Ashbery was the poet who observed that “it’s different when you have hiccups.” He was right about this—right about many things, even if his fabled “difficulty” sometimes obscured the felicity of his intuition. In the same poem,Show More Summary
Pulitzer-prize winning poet John Ashbery, a post-modern American trailblazer, has died at age 90 in Hudson, New York, his family told US media Sunday. The experimental vanguardist was sometimes accused of writing poems that were at times less than accessible to a wider audience. Show More Summary
John Ashbery, a poet whose teasing, delicate, soulful lines made him one of the most influential figures of late-20th and early-21st-century American literature, died on Sunday at his home in Hudson, N.Y. He was 90. His husband, David Kermani, confirmed his death. Show More Summary
John Ashbery, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose singular, experimental style influenced writers for over half a century, died on Sunday. He was 90. His death was confirmed by his husband, David Kermani, to the New York Times.In 1976, with his acclaimed poetry collection Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, Ashbery became ... More »
This story originally ran on May 22, 2015. Following Ashbery's death Sunday night at 90, we're republishing it. In 1975, John Ashbery, already a celebrated poet (he was to win the Pulitzer Prize the next year for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror), began a five-year stint as the art critic ... More »
"Ashbery’s early work was mostly known in avant-garde circles, but his arrival as a major figure in American literature was signaled in 1976, when he became the only writer to win the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in the same year, for his collection “Self-Portrait in a […]