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Karin Roffman (Yale University) will give a Brown Bag Lunch presentation on Monday, September 16, at 12:15 pm. Her talk is entitled, “John Ashbery’s Nest”: A Poet and Collector in His Hudson Home.

Roffman will be presenting her project, “John Ashbery’s Nest,” a website centered on a virtual tour of the 14-room Victorian home of American poet, collagist, art critic, and collector John Ashbery (1927-2017).  Highlighting 232 objects, the site provides a unique opportunity not only to see the art, objects, books, and furniture in this house—the only home Ashbery has ever owned—but also to hear the poet read from related poems and talk about the provenance and resonance that these things, including the space itself, have played in his creative life.  Ideally a visit to the interior of the (virtual) house makes one want to return to the interior life of the poems and vice versa, each illuminating the other.

This talk will take place in the Seminar Room at 38 West 86th Street and is open to the BGC community and invited guests. Please RSVP to