Teaching Ashbery (video)
Recently my students and I finished up a “chapter” of English 88 on the New York School. The final class in this part of the course was devoted to some collaborative close readings of several poems by John Ashbery: “The Grapevine,” “What Is Poetry,” and “Hard Times.” (Well, the discussion of “Hard Times,” due to lack of time at that point, is really just me reading the poem and making a few comments.) A nuesmber of people watched the video live on their computers at home and work, and several of them telephoned in to ask qutions or make comments. Here’s your link to the video recording of the class.