Ashbery, John. NOTES FROM THE AIR: SELECTED LATER POEMS. New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 365 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of poems. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents, in one handsome volume, one of the very best introductions to the work of John Ashbery. "Spans ten major collections by one of America's most visionary and influential poets. Chosen by the author himself, the poems represent John Ashbery's best work from the past two decades. While Ashbery has long been considered a powerful force in twentieth-century culture, 'Notes from the Air' demonstrates clearly how important and relevant his writing continues to be, well into the twenty-first century. Many of the books from which these poems are drawn are regularly taught in university classrooms across the country, and critics and scholars vigorously debate his newest works as well as his classics. He has already published four major books since the turn of the new millennium and although 2007 marks his eightieth birthday, this legendary literary figure continues to write fresh, new, and vibrant poetry that remains as stimulating, provocative, and controversial as ever" (Publisher's blurb). "Recklessness is what makes art beautiful" (John Ashbery). An absolute "must-have" title for John Ashbery collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by John Ashbery. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Regarded by Harold Bloom as the greatest American poet of our time. Winner of every major American poetry prize as well as the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Robert Frost Medal. One of the greatest living poet/translator/artists. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN ASHBERY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0061367176. $90.00

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