Flow Chart

Flow Chart

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Reticent, shy, unfailingly modern, Ashbery is as unorthodox [as] any of the great twentieth-century creators: Breton, Stravinsky, Picasso, observed Jeremy Reed in Britain's Poetry Review, We are privileged to be around at a time when he is writing. Flow Chart, a book-length poem that first appeared in 1991, might be Ashbery's greatest creation: a staggering and exuberant torrent of invention [that] comes as close to an epic poem as our postmodern, nonlinear, deconstructed sensibilities will allow. . . .show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 182 x 223 x 21mm | 520g
  • Carcanet Press Ltd
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0856359475
  • 9780856359477
  • 1,047,197

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"From 'The Skaters' (1966) to 'A Wave' (1984), John Ashbery has produced a remarkable series of longer poems. But perhaps none is quite so various, so beautiful, and so new as "Flow Chart," a very long poem that recalls Wordsworth's 'Prelude.'"--Marjorie Perloff," The New York Times Book Review""This is what real achievement in a contemporary poet consists of: he has laid down guidelines and made his mark on the language of the tribe."--John Bayley, "The New York Review of Books""Flow Chart, Ashbery's magnum opus, is . . . the fullest demonstration to date of this poet's fascination with what Walter Pater described as 'that strange, perpetual weaving and unweaving of ourselves.' . . . [Ashbery] is likely to be seen as the defining voice of his nation and time."--Robert Crawford, "Poetry Review (U.K.)""Flow Chart" is Ashbery at his most robust and determined."--"Library Journal"show more