Houseboat Days

Houseboat Days

This reissue of a book of thirty-nine poems, first collected in 1977, 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.

Title:Houseboat Days
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780374525903
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  • robin friedman

    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 Lib...

  • landon

    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 ...

  • Andrew Field

    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 creat...

  • vi macdonald

    4.5...

  • Henry

    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 ...

  • Abby

    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 the...

  • Adam Lee

    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 ...

  • Steve

    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 implici...

  • Sparrow

    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, l...

  • Jacob

    "crazy weather" was five-stars, at least...