The Cathedral Is by John Ashbery. However, the … He has published more than twenty volumes of poetry and won nearly every major American award for poetry, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his collection Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. A PoetryNotes™ eBook is available for this poem for delivery within 24 hours, and usually available within minutes during normal business hours. Best known as a poet, he has published more than twenty collections, most recently A Worldly Country (Ecco, 2007). From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes, the SparkNotes Cathedral Study Guide has everything you need to ace quizzes, tests, and essays. John Ashbery Appearing on Close Listening with Charles Bernstein, March 18, 2016. He thinks blind people are sad and depressing. Similar to Hemingway’s 6 word story, maybe? In the puddle stir up into sawtoothed fragments. There was a vespers service and Ashbery read six sections of Stevens's "An Ordinary Evening in New Haven." The unnamed narrator's unnamed wife used to work for a blind man named Robert. Then again, . . Mazer, the poet, fares forward, hefting his throwback, antiquarian style against the grain and toward that distant (pre-Metaphysical) exemplar, Shakespeare, toward the whole Elizabethan Renaissance. “The Cathedral Is” John Ashbery. The narrative follows Ashbery, who was born in … I’m open to suggestions if anyone has any? Personally – I am a fan of one-liners…appeals to both my tendency for a wandering mind and a warped sense of humor. By T. “John Ashbery, a Singular Poet Whose Influence Was Broad, Dies at 90, John Ashbery Changed the Rules of American Poetry, "B" (If I Should Have a Daughter) by Sarah Kay, "When Love Arrives" by Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye, "Blessing in the Chaos" by Jan Richardson, "What Will Your Verse Be?" Like one sentence / first line writing prompts. This poem is genius. That said…I think it would be difficult to write. Reading at The Living Theatre, New York City, September 16, 1963 1. ASHBERY PERFORMS STEVENS: In October of 1989, John Ashbery went to St. John's the Divine Cathedral in New York to be part of the induction of Wallace Stevens at the Poets' Corner. Starring: Ezequiel Montañez Rivera Ivette M. Rendón Vélez Christopher Banks Migdelys Camacho These Lacustrine Cities (4:46): MP3 6. I struggled to find something of Ashbery’s to share that wasn’t novel-length and that I halfway understood. Was like. “The Day Lady Died” is a wonderful example of O’Hara’s talent. on October 24, 2005July 6, 2011. In “Cathedral,” the act of looking is related to physical vision, but the act of seeing requires a deeper level of engagement. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Once I thought I was sitting opposite Ashbery on the 1 train, his big square head. (It) has been described as ‘a startling fragment that has its own integrity’  and ‘if a monostich has an argument, it is necessarily more subtle.’ ”, I HAD THOUGHT THINGS WERE GOING ALONG WELL, OUT OVER THE BAY THE RATTLE OF FIRECRACKERS, WE WERE ON THE TERRACE DRINKING GIN AND TONICS, All four poems are from Ashbery’s As We Know (1979), “John Ashbery, a Singular Poet Whose Influence Was Broad, Dies at 90” via The New York Times, “Read John Ashbery’s Poetry” via The New York Times, “John Ashbery Changed the Rules of American Poetry” via The New Yorker, “Poet John Ashbery dies age 90” via The Guardian. The minute I entered John Ashbery’s house, I got a sense of this connection. Cathedral Summary. . Slated for demolition. John Lawrence Ashbery is an American poet. ― Mary Oliver. He won nearly every major American award for poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Yale Younger Poets Prize, the Bollingen Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Griffin International Award, and a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. 2002-06-03. Robert's wife has recently died, and he's coming to visit the narrator and his wife. I would love to know the meaning of this poem for my English assignment. That last line and his quote about confusing people made me laugh out loud!