Dagmawi Woubshet

Touch, love, then explain (PoemTalk #176)

John Ashbery, 'Some Trees'

John Ashbery, photo by Walter Silver © Photography Collection, The New York Public Library

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Al Filreis brought together Abdulhamit Arvas, Dagmawi Woubshet, and Carlos Decena to talk about one of John Ashbery’s very early poems. “Some Trees,” preceded only by “The Painter” among verse written when Ashbery was an undergraduate at Harvard that the poet chose to keep and publish later, was written during the evening of November 16, 1948. Ashbery was just twnety-one years old. PennSound’s Ashbery page includes several recordings of him reciting this poem.

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