I wouldn't say I'm a huge John Ashbery fan (I realised today that I don't actually own any of his books) but he is the single most famous poet... probably ever. He's won every major award. & sure, he is another white dude in the sea of white dudes that is the realm of literature, but I still feel like you gotta give credit where credit is due.
The reading was very nice indeed... even though I was relegated to the upstairs "video feed" version because the auditorium was full.
|before the upstairs really got crowded.|
The best parts were the following:
- I was almost hit by a cab crossing River Terrace to get to Poet's House. This was the cab John Ashbery was riding in.
- Waiting by the elevator I ended up standing beside the man himself! The following conversation was overheard:
John Ashbery's Assistant: "There's a wheelchair right there John, do you want it?"