Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1976. Neil Stuart (cover design), Darragh Park (cover photograph). First Paperback Edition. Paperback. Rare. Used - Very Good/Fine. Some light toning and foxing from age. Otherwise clean, unmarked, tight copy. 11 x 18 cm. 83 pp. Item #9223
John Ashbery’s most renowned collection of poetry -- Winner of The Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award
First released in 1975, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror is today regarded as one of the most important collections of poetry published in the last fifty years. Not only in the title poem, which the critic John Russell called “one of the finest long poems of our period,” but throughout the entire volume, Ashbery reaffirms the poetic power that made him an outstanding figure in contemporary literature. These are poems “of breathtaking freshness and adventure in which dazzling orchestrations of language open up whole areas of consciousness no other American poet as ever begun to explore” (The New York Times).