Ashbery reads Eliot
PennSound’s vast John Ashbery page includes an unusual recording of Ashbery performing T. S. Eliot as part of “In Different Voices: T. S. Eliot at 100,” organized by Richard Howard, Symphony Space, New York City, October 22, 1988.
Ashbery’s introduction (4:02): MP3
“Marina” (2:08): MP3
“Animula” (2:14): MP3
The beginnings of an Eliot/Ashbery bibliography: (1) on idiom and cliche in Ashbery and Eliot [LINK]; (2) an essay in which, among other things, it is contended that reverses Eliotic irony of the first by ventriloquizing one of Eliot’s alter egos, Hart Crane [LINK]; (3) Stephanie Burt compares Ashbery to Eliot, calling Ashbery “the last figure whom half the English-language poets alive thought a great model, and the other half thought incomprehensible” [Burt, Stephanie, “John Ashbery, a poet for our times,” Times Literary Supplement, March 26, 2008.]; (4) Adam Fitzgerald mentions the two poets’ common borrowings from Rimbaud [LINK]; (5) Ashbery as a “descendant” of Eliot [LINK]; (6) Marjorie Perloff on normalizing Ashbery [LINK]; (7) Eliot’s influence on Ashbery’s riverine poetics [LINK].