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Houseboat Days [KINDLE] ✽ Houseboat Days Author John Ashbery – Thomashillier.co.uk This reissue of a book of thirty nine poems, first collected in , reminds us of Ashbery s astonishing explorations to use Donald Barthelme s words of places where no one has ever been Wet Casements, S This reissue of a book of thirty nine poems, first collected in , reminds us of Ashbery s astonishing explorations to use Donald Barthelme s words of places where no one has ever been Wet Casements, Syringa, Loving Mad Tom, and the long Fantasia on The Nut Brown Maid, which concludes the book, are among the riches in a collection of dazzling eloquence and power.

  • Paperback
  • 87 pages
  • Houseboat Days
  • John Ashbery
  • English
  • 27 January 2018
  • 0374525900

About the Author: John Ashbery

John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, in He earned degrees from Harvard and Columbia, and he traveled as a Fulbright Scholar to France in Best known as a poet, he has publishedthan twenty collections, most recently A Worldly Country Ecco, His Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror Viking, 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 served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from to The winner of many prizes and awards, both nationally and internationally, he has received two Guggenheim Fellowships and was a MacArthur Fellow from to His work has been translated intothan twenty languages He lives in New York, and since he has been the Charles P Stevenson Jr Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard.



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  1. robin friedman robin friedman says:

    Houseboat Days Houseboat Days was the first book of John Ashbery that I read many years ago I was fascinated and frustrated by it then and still am I wanted to focus on this book in reading the Library of America s collection of Asbery s poems from 1956 1987.Ashbery 1927 2017 received wide recognition with his book Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror 1975 which won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award The long title poem of the volu Houseboat Days Houseboat Days was the first book of John Ashbery that I read many years ago I was fascinated and frustrated by it then and still am I wanted to focus on this book in reading the Library of America s collection of Asbery s poems from 1956 1987.Ashbery 1927 2017 received wide recognition with his book Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror 1975 which won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award The long title poem of the volume, which is based upon a 1524 painting by Parmigianino, remains Ashbery s masterpiece Houseboat Days 1977 was Ashbery s next book of poems following Self Portrait and was itself a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award The volume consists of 39 poems, including a long final poem, Fantasia on The Nut Brown Maid based upon a 16th Century ballad The poem is a dialogue between characters denominated He and She on the battle of the sexes, followed by a concluding section in prose Ashbery made liberal use of lines from his earlier poetry This long work has not attained the stature of the Self Portrait Instead, the Houseboat Days collection is known for its shorter poems.Ashbery s poetry is difficult, dense, and disjointed I think it should be read with a sense of play and freedom and that the temptation to paraphrase should be avoided In its meditative, philosophical character, Ashbery s work follows on that of Wallace Stevens, the poet who most influenced Ashbery This is avant garde modernistic writing, and Ashbery wants to help himself and the reader see the world anew without cliches or preconceptions Yet Ashbery is deeply rooted in his past, and many of his works evidence a sense of nostalgia The language of his poems shifts, frequently mid stream, from passages of beauty and formalism to colloquialisms and platitudes Tenses and pronouns likewise shift repeatedly There is a sense of plurality, of everydayness, and of finding joy in the commonplace that I think works in these poetic meditations.Each reader will probably find individual poems in Houseboat Days to enjoy and will find others to pass over I think it is important not to get frustrated or to press too hard in one s reading The poems that I enjoyed included the title poem, Houseboat Days , the first two poems, Street Musicians and The Other Tradition , Pyrography , And Ut Pictura Poesis is her Name , Loving Mad Tom , and Syringia I was able to respond to these poems with some effort I will discuss three of these poems very briefly below Houseboat Days seems to be a key poem on the value of understanding change and accepting life as it comes The poem is critical of a narrow view of reasoning and of the insincerity of arguing on behalf of one s sincere convictions, true or false in themselves Ashbery writes further But I don t set much stock in things Beyond the weather and the certainties of living and dying The rest is optional Ashbery wrote the poem Pyrography at the invitation of the United States Department of the Interior to celebrate the Bicentennial in 1976 This poem seems to be a journey across America, in both time and place The poem emphasizes the importance of the everyday parts of life that do not get recounted in histories To be able to write the history of our time, starting with today, It would be necessary to model all these unimportant details So as to be able to include them otherwise the narrative Would have that flat sandpapered look the sky gets Out in the middle west toward the end of summer In Syringia Ashbery retells the myth of Orpheus in a deflated way with himself as hero Euridyce appears in the poem but her role is downplayed Ashbery describes Orpheus s power of song, and how this was the cause of his destruction by the gods Some say it was for his treatment of Euridyce But probably the music hadto do with it,and The way music passes,emblematic Of life and how you cannot isolate a note of it And say it is good or bad You must Wait till it s over The end crowns all As the poem progresses, Ashbery becomes Orpheus, dealing with the difficult subjects of modernity and everydayness.Ashbery s poetry may not be for every reader Most readers will want to explore his work and this volume selectively Houseboat Days remains a good introduction to Ashbery Those readers wanting to explore modernistic sensibilities in poetry will find this collection rewarding.Robin Friedman

  2. landon landon says:

    Houseboat Days collects some of my favorite Ashbery poems It was nice to have an excuse to read them in order when I found a third print edition at Tim s Used Books in Provincetown, MA I appreciate the shoutout to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in the long last piece, Fantasia on The Nut Brown Maid I vacationed there two Christmases ago And I like some lines that follow the name drop Spiraling like fish,Toward a distant, unperceived surface, was allThe reflection there was Somewhere had its opa Houseboat Days collects some of my favorite Ashbery poems It was nice to have an excuse to read them in order when I found a third print edition at Tim s Used Books in Provincetown, MA I appreciate the shoutout to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in the long last piece, Fantasia on The Nut Brown Maid I vacationed there two Christmases ago And I like some lines that follow the name drop Spiraling like fish,Toward a distant, unperceived surface, was allThe reflection there was Somewhere had its opaqueMomentary existence.The vague, pretty figure shows one of Ashbery s best poetic registers, the casual meditation on time Nature imagery, as here, often accompanies these meditations Elsewhere he mixes mathematics with meteorology, household patter with professional jargon I especially like it when he caricatures classical poetic figures He uses puns, aural tricks, and Romantic apostrophe in unexpected places Drawing on formal traditions gives his poems a sense of varied eloquence.Due to the nature of his style and the magnitude of his talent, it s hard to pick favorites from this collection Wet Casements and Saying It to Keep It from Happening have so far held up best to rereading The closing poem, while hard to do in one sitting, makes for a really profound linguistic experience It looks like a wild riff on the dialogue format and spills into prose at the end, as if the speakers He and She really a formal device only findto express as their conversation goes on More than a dialogue between speakers, the piece explores poetic forms by elaborating on a quasi Socratic structure As Ashbery converses with established tropes, he is also in dialogue with the reader Which is his ultimate appeal for me he ll play the wise man then step back and shrug with us

  3. Andrew Field Andrew Field says:

    Thoughts About AshberyAshbery re describes reality through the ever changing vivacity of his ideas His poems are chronicles of what happens when one of the most fertile imaginations of our time creates on the page landscapes of ideas In order to understand Ashbery, we need to pay attention to the originality of his ideas, the way in which one idea magically and manically maniacally replaces the next, in this every shifting quicksand dance of cognition, perception, thought, imagination, memo Thoughts About AshberyAshbery re describes reality through the ever changing vivacity of his ideas His poems are chronicles of what happens when one of the most fertile imaginations of our time creates on the page landscapes of ideas In order to understand Ashbery, we need to pay attention to the originality of his ideas, the way in which one idea magically and manically maniacally replaces the next, in this every shifting quicksand dance of cognition, perception, thought, imagination, memory What he is doing is creating rooms, gardens, cities, fields of imaginative thought When we enter these rooms, we need to stay alert, even as the enormity of the poet s imaginative garden city does everything within its power to distract us almost into new forms of attention A poem resists the intelligence Almost successfully, wrote Stevens Reading Ashbery is therefore a dangerous ecstasy, for it propels us into a terrifyingly shifting world of snapped off perceptions, and the poem itself is constantly equilibrating itself, even as its chaos turns in his best works into something uncanny, lyrical, somehow ordered and somehow new It is this freshness, this newness of Ashbery s imagination, which functions as a means of moving us as close as possible to revelation, as Ashbery has said somewhere in regards to a hoped for aim of his poems This aim the adventure of imagination that places us, trembling and astonished, on the cusp of revelation is the greatest gift his poetry affords That it does so somewhat consistently in his earlier works I m still not as enthusiastic about his works following A Wave, although I need to readis arguably nothing short of a poetic miracle

  4. vi macdonald vi macdonald says:

    4.5

  5. Henry Henry says:

    Though I couldn t really tell you what most of the poems in this collection mean, I really enjoyed reading most of them Some of my favorites were Street Musicians , Melodic Trains , and And Ut Pictura Poesis is her name I kind of like the open ended ness of Ashbery s work, and how you can t figure out what he is saying all of the time, sometimes you just have to read his poems for their beauty I also really admire his boldness and his refusal to settle in his style I can t wait to read m Though I couldn t really tell you what most of the poems in this collection mean, I really enjoyed reading most of them Some of my favorites were Street Musicians , Melodic Trains , and And Ut Pictura Poesis is her name I kind of like the open ended ness of Ashbery s work, and how you can t figure out what he is saying all of the time, sometimes you just have to read his poems for their beauty I also really admire his boldness and his refusal to settle in his style I can t wait to readof his work, even if it is difficult to read and understand

  6. Abby Abby says:

    And Others, Vaguer PresencesAre built out of the meshing of life and spaceAt the point where we are wholly revealedIn the lozenge shaped openings BecauseIt is argued that these structures address themselvesTo exclusively aesthetic concerns, like windmillsOn a vast plain To which it is answeredThat there are no other questions than these,Half squashed in mud, emerging out of the momentWe all live, learning to like it No sonnetOn this furthest strip of land, no pebbles,No plants To extend one And Others, Vaguer PresencesAre built out of the meshing of life and spaceAt the point where we are wholly revealedIn the lozenge shaped openings BecauseIt is argued that these structures address themselvesTo exclusively aesthetic concerns, like windmillsOn a vast plain To which it is answeredThat there are no other questions than these,Half squashed in mud, emerging out of the momentWe all live, learning to like it No sonnetOn this furthest strip of land, no pebbles,No plants To extend one s lifeAll day on the dirty stone of some plaza,Unaware among the pretty lunging of the wind,Light and shade, is like coming out ofA coma that is a white, interesting country,Prepared to lose the main memory in a meetingBy a torchlight under the twisted end of the stairs John Ashbery is on Goodreads What

  7. Adam Lee Adam Lee says:

    I first read John Ashbery in October 2017 and haven t recovered since I hear his lines in my head every day and just can t help poorly imitating him in my own poetry With Three Poems and the Double Dream of Spring, this is probably Ashbery s best book To shine light into the house within,its many memories and associations,upon its inscribed and picture walls,argues enough that life is various, life is beautiful.He who reads that as in the windowof some distant, speeding train knows what he w I first read John Ashbery in October 2017 and haven t recovered since I hear his lines in my head every day and just can t help poorly imitating him in my own poetry With Three Poems and the Double Dream of Spring, this is probably Ashbery s best book To shine light into the house within,its many memories and associations,upon its inscribed and picture walls,argues enough that life is various, life is beautiful.He who reads that as in the windowof some distant, speeding train knows what he wants, and what will befall

  8. Steve Steve says:

    I don t get Ashbery I have no doubt this is a five star collection for many, and there were many lines that left me both baffled and amazed The idea of great distance Is permitted, even implicit in the slow dripping Of a lute , but looking back, I cannot connect lines I liked with specific poems It s all one strange flow of image and word, with poem titles only serving as pauses There is a vague, dreamlike sense of mood But after a while, I found myself craving somethingconcr I don t get Ashbery I have no doubt this is a five star collection for many, and there were many lines that left me both baffled and amazed The idea of great distance Is permitted, even implicit in the slow dripping Of a lute , but looking back, I cannot connect lines I liked with specific poems It s all one strange flow of image and word, with poem titles only serving as pauses There is a vague, dreamlike sense of mood But after a while, I found myself craving somethingconcrete, like a parts manual or a telephone book

  9. Sparrow Sparrow says:

    Reviewing a book by John Ashbery is like reviewing a book by a moray eel Did you write these poems INTENTIONALLY, or did they just sort of collect on his typewriter Or did he write them backwards, last line first Don t get me wrong this book is very good Ashbery s poetry improved after his death at least for me Though when he read out loud, he was super funny Opening at random BecauseIt is argued that these structures address themselves To exclusively aesthetic concerns, like windmill Reviewing a book by John Ashbery is like reviewing a book by a moray eel Did you write these poems INTENTIONALLY, or did they just sort of collect on his typewriter Or did he write them backwards, last line first Don t get me wrong this book is very good Ashbery s poetry improved after his death at least for me Though when he read out loud, he was super funny Opening at random BecauseIt is argued that these structures address themselves To exclusively aesthetic concerns, like windmillson a vast plain To which it is answered That there are no other questions than these

  10. Jacob Jacob says:

    crazy weather was five stars, at least

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