Flow Chart

Flow Chart


By (author) John Ashbery

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  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 182mm x 223mm x 21mm | 520g
  • Publication date: 26 September 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Manchester
  • ISBN 10: 0856359475
  • ISBN 13: 9780856359477
  • Sales rank: 886,057

Product description

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. . . .

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Review quote

"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"