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A Wave Poems [Reading] ➹ A Wave Poems By John Ashbery – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 po First published in and now appearing in a new edition A Wave is widely considered one of Ashbery's finest books of poetry The A Wave PDF/EPUB or pieces collected here particularly the long title poem find the poet applying his uniuely lyric meditative and often hilarious sensibility to the mysterious and incessant curves and crests of love art thought experience and selfhood.


10 thoughts on “A Wave Poems

  1. Heather Heather says:

    I'm not opposed to feeling adrift when reading but this book on my first read through of it made me feel than 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 finaltitle 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's 1984 review of this book in the NY Times which starts like this Reading John Ashbery's poems is a bit like playing hide and seek in a sprawling mansion designed by M C Escher


  2. Nicole Nicole says:

    Some of it was really beautiful and really good but so much of it felt like I was just reading laboriously and it had gotten to the point where I had 1 poemprose piece left and abandoned it because I was done He does a wonderful job of pairing certain words and creating these just glimmer moments of phrases that verbally and visually work well together but poetry should never be a labor to read I think as a reader to labor over any written work should only be done in the context of a paper thesis critiue or because within yourself the text is giving you a struggle for thought introspection etc but not for anything else I'm glad I finally read him though as a few works I've read lately have referenced him but I doubt I will go to his work again


  3. Edita Edita says:

    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 stageAnd we are left with only sensations of ourselvesAnd the dry otherness like a clenched fistWhat is restoredBecomes stronger than the loss as it is remembered;Is a new separate life of its own A new color Seriously blueUnuestioning Acidly sweet Must we then pick up the piecesBut what are the pieces if not separate puzzles themselvesAnd meanwhile rain abrades the window? For even when hours and days go by in silence and the phone Never rings and widely spaced drops of water Fall from the eaves nothing is any longer a secret And one can live alone rejoicing in this That memory contains everything And you see slipping down a hallway The past self you decided not to have anything to do with any And it is a comfortable you dishonest perhaps But alive Wanting you to know what you’re losing And still the machinery of the great exegesis is only beginning To groan and hum There are moments like this one That are almost silent so that bird watchers like us Can come and stay awhile reflecting on shades of difference In past performances and move on refreshed


  4. Caitlin Caitlin says:

    Somewhere someone is traveling furiously toward you At incredible speed traveling day and night Through blizzards and desert heat across torrents through narrow passes But will he know where to find you Recognize you when he sees you Give you the thing he has for you? Hardly anything grows here Yet the granaries are bursting with meal The sacks of meal piled to the rafters The streams run with sweetness fattening fish; Birds darken the sky Is it enough That the dish of milk is set out at night That we think of him sometimes Sometimes and always with mixed feelings? At North Farm


  5. Magdelanye Magdelanye says:

    grappling with a review


  6. Richard Smith Richard Smith says:

    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 Masue” 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 progression of a masue the characters are metaphorical such as Alice from Wonderland and Jack Horner from the nursery rhyme and much of the language is filled with vague poetic description that make it feel like a poem The next short story however is “The Lonedale Operator” which follows a very logical progression of a train of thought from the speaker The language is descriptive and pragmatic instead of flowery and poetic and as a reader I saw a whole different style of writing in this piece that I didn’t enjoy compared to the rest of the bookIn this book I enjoyed the poetry much than the stories The poetry was still riddled with classic Ashbery style such as his powerful and mysterious couplets that often end a poem such as “Darlene’s Hospital” These poems however strayed from Ashbery’s earlier collections in that they relied less on the words and images themselves and introduced of Ashbery’s experiences and life lessons The poems felt mature and relatable to my life and it was a very welcome and interesting shift from reading Some Trees


  7. Maria Miruna Solomon Maria Miruna Solomon says:

    The segments of the trip swing open like an orangeThere is light in there and mystery and foodCome see it Come not for me but itBut if I am still there grant that we may see each otherKeep track of usIt gets to be so exciting but so big tooAnd we have ways to define but not the termsYetWe know what is coming that we are movingDangerously and gracefullyToward the resolution of timeBlurred but alive with many separate meaningsInside this conversationUntil those times when driving abruptly off a roadInto a field you sit still and conjure the hours


  8. Ryan Ryan says:

    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 ualities 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 parts are great in both case but here the whole feels like less than the sum of the parts whereas I wouldn't have Harmonium any other waySince this review is terribly vague and whiny I promise to revist A Wave when I become familiar with Ashbery and a better reader of poetry but until then this is my response


  9. James James says:

    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 the audience of literary scholars and all those grad students forced to grope through this material and create a meaning out of the thin air between the staccatod words There is no beauty here


  10. Claire Claire says:

    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 statementsobservations about love were beautiful true shockingly compact Not so keen on his prose poems however Would be interested in reading


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10 thoughts on “A Wave Poems

  1. Heather Heather says:

    I'm not opposed to feeling adrift when reading but this book on my first read through of it made me feel than 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 finaltitle 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's 1984 review of this book in the NY Times which starts like this Reading John Ashbery's poems is a bit like playing hide and seek in a sprawling mansion designed by M C Escher

  2. Nicole Nicole says:

    Some of it was really beautiful and really good but so much of it felt like I was just reading laboriously and it had gotten to the point where I had 1 poemprose piece left and abandoned it because I was done He does a wonderful job of pairing certain words and creating these just glimmer moments of phrases that verbally and visually work well together but poetry should never be a labor to read I think as a reader to labor over any written work should only be done in the context of a paper thesis critiue or because within yourself the text is giving you a struggle for thought introspection etc but not for anything else I'm glad I finally read him though as a few works I've read lately have referenced him but I doubt I will go to his work again

  3. Edita Edita says:

    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 stageAnd we are left with only sensations of ourselvesAnd the dry otherness like a clenched fistWhat is restoredBecomes stronger than the loss as it is remembered;Is a new separate life of its own A new color Seriously blueUnuestioning Acidly sweet Must we then pick up the piecesBut what are the pieces if not separate puzzles themselvesAnd meanwhile rain abrades the window? For even when hours and days go by in silence and the phone Never rings and widely spaced drops of water Fall from the eaves nothing is any longer a secret And one can live alone rejoicing in this That memory contains everything And you see slipping down a hallway The past self you decided not to have anything to do with any And it is a comfortable you dishonest perhaps But alive Wanting you to know what you’re losing And still the machinery of the great exegesis is only beginning To groan and hum There are moments like this one That are almost silent so that bird watchers like us Can come and stay awhile reflecting on shades of difference In past performances and move on refreshed

  4. Caitlin Caitlin says:

    Somewhere someone is traveling furiously toward you At incredible speed traveling day and night Through blizzards and desert heat across torrents through narrow passes But will he know where to find you Recognize you when he sees you Give you the thing he has for you? Hardly anything grows here Yet the granaries are bursting with meal The sacks of meal piled to the rafters The streams run with sweetness fattening fish; Birds darken the sky Is it enough That the dish of milk is set out at night That we think of him sometimes Sometimes and always with mixed feelings? At North Farm

  5. Magdelanye Magdelanye says:

    grappling with a review

  6. Richard Smith Richard Smith says:

    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 Masue” 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 progression of a masue the characters are metaphorical such as Alice from Wonderland and Jack Horner from the nursery rhyme and much of the language is filled with vague poetic description that make it feel like a poem The next short story however is “The Lonedale Operator” which follows a very logical progression of a train of thought from the speaker The language is descriptive and pragmatic instead of flowery and poetic and as a reader I saw a whole different style of writing in this piece that I didn’t enjoy compared to the rest of the bookIn this book I enjoyed the poetry much than the stories The poetry was still riddled with classic Ashbery style such as his powerful and mysterious couplets that often end a poem such as “Darlene’s Hospital” These poems however strayed from Ashbery’s earlier collections in that they relied less on the words and images themselves and introduced of Ashbery’s experiences and life lessons The poems felt mature and relatable to my life and it was a very welcome and interesting shift from reading Some Trees

  7. Maria Miruna Solomon Maria Miruna Solomon says:

    The segments of the trip swing open like an orangeThere is light in there and mystery and foodCome see it Come not for me but itBut if I am still there grant that we may see each otherKeep track of usIt gets to be so exciting but so big tooAnd we have ways to define but not the termsYetWe know what is coming that we are movingDangerously and gracefullyToward the resolution of timeBlurred but alive with many separate meaningsInside this conversationUntil those times when driving abruptly off a roadInto a field you sit still and conjure the hours

  8. Ryan Ryan says:

    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 ualities 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 parts are great in both case but here the whole feels like less than the sum of the parts whereas I wouldn't have Harmonium any other waySince this review is terribly vague and whiny I promise to revist A Wave when I become familiar with Ashbery and a better reader of poetry but until then this is my response

  9. James James says:

    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 the audience of literary scholars and all those grad students forced to grope through this material and create a meaning out of the thin air between the staccatod words There is no beauty here

  10. Claire Claire says:

    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 statementsobservations about love were beautiful true shockingly compact Not so keen on his prose poems however Would be interested in reading

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