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Planisphere: New Poems (Signed First Edition)

John Ashberry

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ISBN 10: 0061915211 / ISBN 13: 9780061915215
Published by Ecco, New York,, 2009
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First edition. First printing. Hardbound. NEW/NEW. A pristine unread copy. SIGNED by AUTHOR on front end page. He has signed his name only, with no other marks. Purchased new and opened only for for author signature. Comes with mylar dust jacket protector. Shipped in well padded box. No smell, marks, or any other defects. Comes with program from the event at the 92nd Steet Y, where he signed this copy. Bookseller Inventory # 11-2012-131

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Title: Planisphere: New Poems (Signed First Edition...

Publisher: Ecco, New York,

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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“Ashbery is a national treasure.”
New York Times Book Review

 

The poetry of John Ashbery has been awarded virtually every conceivable literary prize including the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Planisphere is a new collection by one of America’s most innovative and influential poets—an exceptional artist whose work stands alongside the finest of Whitman, Dickinson, Stevens, and Hart Crane. For more than half a century Ashbery has been producing timeless works such as Chinese Whispers, Hotel Lautréamont, A Wave, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, and Where Shall I Wander. Planisphere is proof that the master only improves with age.

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Breathlike

Just as the day could use another hour,
I need another idea. Not a concept
or a slogan. Something more like a rut
made thousands of years ago by one of the first
wheels as it rolled along. It never came back
to see what it had done, and the rut
just stayed there, not thinking of itself
or calling attention to itself in any way.
Sun baked it. Water stood, or rather sat
in it. Wind covered it with dust, then blew it
away. Always it was available to itself
when it wished to be, which wasn't often.

Then there was a cup and ball theory
I told you about. A lot of people had left the coast.
Squirt conditions obtained. I forgot I overwhelmed you
once upon a time, between everybody's sound sleep
and waking afterward, trying to piece together
what had happened. The rut glimmered
through centuries of snow and after.
I suppose it was trying to make some point
but we never found out about that,
having come to know each other years later
when our interest in zoning had revived again.

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