Self-portrait in a convex mirror: Poems (The Penguin poets)

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'Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror'was the first of John Ashbery's books to be published in Britain by Carcanet, and this is its third printing. Since it originally appeared here in 1977, three further collections have followed: 'As We Know', 'Shadow Train' and 'A Wave'. 'Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror'was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award and the National Book Critics' Circle Award. The long title poem, a meditation on Parmigianino's famous self-portrait, has become Ashbery's best-known poem. It is accompanied here by a number of shorter pieces - playful, witty, elusive.

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"He is quite simply the finest poet in English of his generation." (Bryan Appleyard, The Times, 1984) "Ashbery has remained the poet of our moment because more than any contemporary he has stayed the poet of the here and now." (David Herd, The Guardian, 24th July 1997) "He is one of the most vital, revelatory, and original poets we have. His vigilance is a blessing upon poetry, a wake-up call to all slumbering aesthetics." (Greg Harris, American Book Review, Jan-Feb 1999)

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John Ashbery was born in New York in 1927. He is an art critic as well as a poet. He teaches at the City University of New York.

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