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Communicating Obscurely: John Ashbery Unpacks ‘These Lacustrine Cities’ at PennSound

By Harriet Staff

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Ever wonder what was going on in John Ashbery’s “These Lacustrine Cities“? Well, straight from God’s lips to your ear, you can find out! Al Filreis presents PennSound podcast #18 which features John Ashbery reading the poem and following it up with a close reading/explication. A rare occurrence indeed! From Al’s intro:

Rare it is that John Ashbery explains one of his poems. But, in a radio interview in 1966, he did that just. He read “These Lacustrine Cities” and then went line by line offering various sorts of explanations – paraphrase, sources for phrases and words, a sense of the process of composition. Here is a PennSound podcast, the 18th in our series, featuring this recording, which aired on WKCR. The podcast is 18 minutes long.

Go ahead and give it a listen.

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Posted in Poetry News on Monday, November 25th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.