The first volume of a two volume collected series. This is the first time the Library of America has issued a collection of poetry by a living poet, and of course Ashbery is the perfect choice for the accolade. Volume editor Mark Ford (an intriguing poet in his own right) has also participated in a book-long interview with Ashbery called John Ashbery in Conversation with Mark Ford. Ashbery's selected later poems, Notes from the Air, will be coming out in paperback in October as well (10/28).
A new book by one of America's most popular poets. When I saw him give a talk once he explained how he used to write very serious poetry as a young man, terribly grave stuff, as William Collins. Then he changed his tone, and his moniker, and has never looked back.