John Ashbery’s Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror for Six Voices


First published in 1975, John Ashbery’s long poem Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror begins as a meditation on an extraordinary Mannerist painting by Francesco Parmigianino. The poem, and the volume that includes it, remain among the most influential works of our time. In this performance, six readers with projected text and image make the work unusually available, as Ashbery’s tonal shifts and juxtapositions are taken up by different voices. With Joan Arnold, Andrea Barnet, Jan Hanvik, James Occhino, Jim Paul and Annie Walwyn-Jones.  Arranged and directed by Jim Paul.

This event will take place in the Sanctuary. Admission is $10.