"John Ashbery and You makes a significant contribution to modernist studies, literary criticism, and queer theory. Vincent's scholarship is impressive and on a level with related work by Helen Vendler and Lee Edelman."
—Kevin Kopelson, author of Love's Litany: The Writing of Modern Homoerotics
"Of all [the recent] studies of Ashbery, Vincent's is the least weighed down by scholarly apparatus; accordingly, one can enjoy reading his close, careful analyses of individual poems."
Some critics have suggested that Ashbery is producing books too quickly for criticism to keep up or that the later books represent, as Vincent summarizes it, “a kind of logorrhea . . . and therefore don’t really register as separate events as much as episodic eruptions of one big volcano which is the Later Ashbery.” Vincent contends that critics are not keeping up with Ashbery not so much because it is all of a piece, but rather because his work varies so much from volume to volume. Each of the volumes from the latter part of Ashbery’s career represents an individual and different poetic project, depending precisely on the unit of the book to produce its effects.
By showing us that the entry point to Ashbery is not any given individual poem within a volume, but the entire volume, Vincent gives us a new and productive approach to reading the recent work of one of our most challenging poets.
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