John Ashbery's art reveals the logic of the illogical
Notes from the Air:
Selected Later Poems
by John Ashbery
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John Ashbery's 1985 Selected Poems drew on the first thirty years of his career, from 1956's Some Trees to 1985's A Wave. The new Selected spans the twenty years following '85 in roughly the same number of pages. Indeed, the volumes have a nice symmetry: Each covers ten books of poems (the most recent, A Worldly Country , is not included in the new collection); each of the books in Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems is reduced to approximately one-third of its length. Ashbery's preference, in making these selections, has been for shorter poems: Just as the first Selected reproduces only one section of the book-length Three Poems (1972), the second gives us only a short section (V) of the 216-page Flow Chart (1991).
Because Notes from the Air marks Ashbery's eightieth birthday, readers are sure to wonder
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