Monday, September 29, 2008

The Best American Poetry 2008 - John Ashbery

John Ashbery, from The Best American Poetry 2008 reading in NYC last week:

“Pavane pour Helen Twelvetrees”
John Ashbery

John Ashbery reading “In the Book of the Disappearing Book” by John Gallaher

The poets reading at the 2008 BAP event also read another poem from the anthology, so imagine my surprise and honor when I saw this clip. I’ve been following Ashbery’s work with pleasure and excitement for well over 20 years. I’m so bouncy about this I can barely stand myself.

I must sit down now.


At 9/29/2008 2:03 PM, Blogger Andrew Shields said...

That is so cool. Bounce around a bit more!

At 9/29/2008 2:23 PM, Blogger Mathias Svalina said...

That's really cool.

At 9/29/2008 3:23 PM, Blogger Justin Evans said...

Mary posteed the vid to facebook. I watched it and thought how cool for you! That certainly is something to take with you.

At 9/30/2008 4:13 AM, Blogger Marcus said...

It's hard to imagine a higher honor than Ashbery reading from your book. Congrats!

At 9/30/2008 4:50 PM, Blogger Oliver de la Paz said...

HOLY CATS! That's so awesome!

At 10/01/2008 6:35 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Hey, thank you all for that. It was kinda freaky. I had a difficult time listening to it at first, but I got over it. Ahem.

It's so odd hearing someone else read a poem of mine. I've never had that happen before.

At 10/01/2008 10:47 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

John! Jeeezuz, that's so cool. Way to go, pal!

At 10/01/2008 11:07 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Rebecca: Hey, and thank you for the input on the little prose bit!


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