Today is the great American poet John Ashbery‘s 87th birthday
We thought to celebrate with this – a vintage reading from 1963 in New York at The Living Theatre (reading from Rivers and Mountains, Some Trees, and The Tennis Court Oath, with an introduction by Kenneth Koch)
Here’s a more recent reading (from February 2013) at the Kelly Writers House
(and here’s a follow-up interview, (hosted by UPenn’s Al Filreis), a day later
The PennSound John Ashbery page (from which these two readings have been excerpted) is, truly, a quite extraordinary trove – hours and hours of Ashbery, we recommend you pursue further.
Ashbery’s most recent volume is Quick Question (2012). A new book of poems, Breezeway will be forthcoming early next year.