Poetry. Art. "This is John Ashbery at his wacky best, from long lists that seem to make some sense, to short lists that are befuddling and beguiling, to made-up diary entries. Perhaps it's everyone's diary that Ashbery has written, and no one's. Joe Brainard's silhouetted Americana becomes the perfect complement. There's a wonderfully nutty ...
Poetry. Art. "This is John Ashbery at his wacky best, from long lists that seem to make some sense, to short lists that are befuddling and beguiling, to made-up diary entries. Perhaps it's everyone's diary that Ashbery has written, and no one's. Joe Brainard's silhouetted Americana becomes the perfect complement. There's a wonderfully nutty innocence (insouciance) to this book that is found in Brainard's drawings and Ashbery's writings: 'his lips spell out the words: shale, cowturds, spread, udder, mumps" - John Yau. "He has a touch with language lamost unmatched in contemporary poetry" - The Houston Post. ..".touched with genius" - Peter Schjedahl.
First edition, first printing. SIGNED by Doug Crase under the dedication of the book to him. Paper binding. 101,  pages. 8.8 x 5.8 in. Good Plus copy with some blue and pink stains to the covers; they cover perhaps 1% of the surfaces.
Near Fine in Not Issued jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author First edition, first prnt. Softcover issue, Illustrated perfect-bound wraps. Signed by Ashbery on the title page. Illustrated by Joe Brainard. Beginning toning on wraps' edges and spine. Image of actual book; not a stock photo.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-10-22 "Did I know you, split-levels? What it's like to inhabit your dangerous divided spaces with views of celery plantations?" Long listed on the pages dedicated to "other books by John Ashbery" but largely unobtainable, The Vermont Notebook, the poet's wonderful 1975 collaboration with artist Joe Brainard (1942-1994), is finally seeing accessible print. Nearly 50 page-sized pen-and-ink drawings are matched with diary-like prose pieces, pairings that remain offhandedly perfect. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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