THE VERMONT NOTEBOOK John Ashbery and Joe Brainard
The Vermont Notebook, the poet's wonderful 1975 collaboration with artist Joe Brainard (1942-1994), is finally seeing accessible print. Nearly 50 page-sized pen-and-ink drawings are matched with diary-like prose pieces, pairings that remain offhandedly perfect.
This is John Ashbery at his wacky best, from long lists that seem to make some sense, to short lists that seem to make no sense, to made-up diary entries. Here we find Joe Brainard’s Americana ... there’s a wonderful, nutty inno- cence to this book that is found in Brainard’s drawings and Ashbery’s writing: “his lips spell out the words: shale, cowturds, spread, udde , mumps.” —John Yau
JOHN ASHBERY is the author of twenty books of poetry, including Your Name Here; Girls on the Run: A Poem; Wakefulness; Can You Hea , Bird; And the Stars Were Shining; Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, which received the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and Some Trees, which was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series in 1956. He has also published Other Traditions: the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures (2000); Reported Sightings, a book of art criticism; a collection of plays; and a novel, A Nest of Ninnies, written with James Schuyler.
JOE BRAINARD showed at the Landau-Alan and Fischbach galleries in New York, and took part in many group shows around the country and abroad. His early paintings and assemblages showed the influence of Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, and Joseph Cornell, but Brainard’s work soon distinguished itself by its combina- tion of lyricism, wit, and congeniality. A retrospective of Brainard’s work organized by the University of California, Berkeley Museum toured the U.S. in 2001 for which Granary Books co-published the catalogue, Joe Brainard: A Retrospective, by Constance Lewallen.
This book was co-published with Z Press, Calais, VT.
Artists’ Books/Poetry • 2001 • ISBN 1-887123-59-8 • $15.95 PB • 8" x 10 3/4" • 102 pp