A Wave

A Wave First Published In 1984 And Now Appearing In A New Edition, A Wave Is Widely Considered One Of Ashbery S Finest Books Of Poetry The 44 Pieces Collected Here Particularly The Long Title Poem Find The Poet Applying His Uniquely Lyric, Meditative, And Often Hilarious Sensibility To The Mysterious And Incessant Curves And Crests Of Love, Art, Thought, Experience, And Selfhood. I m not opposed to feeling adrift when reading, but this book, on my first read through of it, made me feelthan adrift I struggled to find a way in, or anything to hold on to I didn t like this book much after my first read through of it, but I think the final title poem helps cast light on Ashbery s approach the last line of the book is But all was strange which is I suppose a bit of comfort to take into a re reading Also heartening was the first paragraph of Christopher Middleton I m not opposed to feeling adrift when reading, but this book, on my first read through of it, made me feelthan adrift I struggled to find a way in, or anything to hold on to I didn t like this book much after my first read through of it, but I think the final title poem helps cast light on Ashbery s approach the last line of the book is But all was strange which is I suppose a bit of comfor
grappling with a review. John Ashbery s A Wave, is a collection of poems that struggles between poetry and prose and between prose and short story The poems are, in typical Ashbery fashion, written with longer lines and in various forms, but in this book there are several short stories of 3 15 pages that appear scattered throughout the work Description of a Masque, the first short story that appears in the book, rides the line between short story and prose poetry Although it clearly follows some kind of progres John Ashbery s A Wave, is a collection of poems that struggles between poetry and prose and between prose and short story The poems are, in typical Ashbery fashion, written with longer lines and in various forms, but in this book there are several short stories of 3 15 pages that appear scattered throughout the work Descripti
The time unfolds like music trapped on the pageUnable to tell the story againRaging I keep thinking if I could get through youI d get back to me at a further stage And we are left with only sensations of ourselvesAnd the dry otherness, like a clenched fist What is restoredBecomes stronger than the loss as it is remembered Is a new, separate life of its own A new color Seriously blue.Unquestioning Acidly sweet Must we then pick up the pieces But what are the pieces, if not separate puzzles The time unfolds like music trapped on the pageUnable to tell the story againRaging I keep thinking if I could get through youI d get back to me at a further stage And we are left with only sensations of ourselvesAnd the dry otherness, like a clenched fist What is restoredBecomes stronger than the loss as it is remembered Is a new, separate life of its own A new color Seriously blue.Unquestioning Acidly sweet Must we then pick up the pieces But what are the pieces, if not separate puzzles themselves,And meanwhile rain abrades the window For even when hours
I had a mixed reaction to this collection On the one hand, there are some fantastic poems among these pages On the other, I could sense no real unity other than the stylistic qualities that are easily identifiable as Ashbery, and so I would have preferred to read these as part of a larger anthology It s tough to say exactly why poetry books like Harmonium can be so moving as a whole, while A Wave fails to impress in the same way The par
I find A Wave difficult to read out loud It is jarring, unmelodious, without a metrical sense of rhythm Much made little sense, in a bad way, without imagery juxtaposing new possibilities of meaning The first portion of the book is staid And by staid, I mean boring The author takes no chances, doesn t seem to try Later in the book, especially with the title poem, some fine imagery presents itself, some interesting jarring in the writing appears But audience is ignored, except, probably I find A Wave difficult to read out loud It is jarring, unmelodious, without a metrical sense of rhythm Much made little sense, in a bad way, without imagery juxtaposing new
I don t like having to give stars for poetry, particularly for Ashbery, because I feel like I never really got a good grasp of his work, so who am I to judge I thought his statements observations about love were beautiful, true, shockingly compa
Don t like the prose poems the 37 Haiku didn t work for me either Too much randomness In fact, that s what I m having a problem with in most of these poemsjust random words thrown together does not make a poem Am I missing something A few I did like though, particularly in the beginn
good seems to rank as one of ashbery s lesser works, but i found it quite humane and satisfyingly relatable especially in that my only other experience with him was the tennis court oath, which, was decidedly different. Not my favorite Ashbery collection and I ve only read a few , but much to return to and reread As for the long title poem, I sometimes felt I was carried along by the wave, sometimes awash in it, and sometimes smacked by it.

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  • Paperback
  • 96 pages
  • A Wave
  • John Ashbery
  • English
  • 12 August 2017
  • 0374525471