Listen To John Ashbery Read his poem 37 Haiku

In his 1984 book A Wave, the great American poet John Ashbery published a poem titled “37 Haiku.” This influential poem is composed of, as you might guess, 37 haiku, each presented as a single line of the poem. Come to the edge of the barn the property really begins there In a smaller tower shuttered and put away there You lay aside your hair like a book that is to important to read.


Thanks to PennSound the wonderful online resource of recordings of poets reading their own work, you can listen to a recording of Ashbery reading his poem at Harvard University on November 10, 1987.