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The Best American Poetry 1988

  John AshberyJohn Ashbery is best known as a poet but has also been active as an art critic, playwright, and translator from the French. Ashbery lived in France from 1955 to 1965, first as a Fulbright student and later as an art critic for the International Herald Tribune. He returned to New York in 1965 to become executive editor of Art News, a position he held until 1972. Since 1974 he has taught at Brooklyn College where he holds the rank of Distinguished Professor. He is the author of twelve books of poetry, including April Galleons (Viking, 1987). Twice named a Guggenheim Fellow, he received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his 1975 collection Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (Viking). A volume of his art criticism, Reported Sightings, is to be published in 1989 by Knopf.

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