John Ashbery's many collections include Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems (2007), which was awarded the International Griffin Poetry Prize. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975) won the three major American prizes—the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award—and an early book, Some Trees (1956), was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series. The Library of America published the first volume of his collected poems in 2008.
Praise for John Ashbery:
"No one writing poems in the English language is likelier than Ashbery to survive the severe judgments of time.... He is joining that American sequence that includes Whitman, Dickinson, Stevens, and Hart Crane."
"His poetry appeals not because it offers wisdom in packaged form, but because the elusiveness and mysterious promise of his lines remind us that we always have a future and a condition of meaningfulness to start out toward."
—Nicholas Jenkins, New York Times Book Review