Rivers and Mountains

Rivers and Mountains

John Ashbery

From one among our most vital glossy poets comes an important early assortment, together with the recognized lengthy poems "The Skaters" and "Clepsydra"

When Rivers and Mountains used to be released in 1966, American poetry used to be in a kingdom of radical redefinition, with John Ashbery famous as one of many prime voices within the ny university of poets. Ashbery himself had simply lower back to the United States from ten years overseas operating as an paintings critic in France, and Rivers and Mountains, his 3rd released choice of poems, is now thought of by way of many critics to symbolize a pivotal transition element in his creative occupation. The poet who could achieve frequent acclaim together with his multiple-award-winning Self-Portrait in a Convex reflect (1975) is, during this assortment, nonetheless greatly engaged within the intimate, own venture of taking his poetry aside and placing it again jointly back, interrogating not only the act of writing yet poetry itself—its function, its composition, its primary parts.

Nominated for a countrywide booklet Award via a panel of judges that integrated W. H. Auden and James Dickey, Rivers and Mountains comprises of Ashbery's such a lot studied and renowned works. "Clepsydra," which takes its identify from an historical gadget for measuring the passage of time, echoes either the actual shape and the philosophical weight of a water clock in its contemplation of the adventure of time because it passes. "The Skaters," the lengthy poem that closes the gathering, used to be instantly praised as a masterpiece of recent American poetry, and is the paintings that maybe so much truly introduces the voice for which Ashbery is now renowned and enjoyed: beneficiant, stressed, wide-ranging, and human.

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