About this work

Victrola floribunda

Oil on canvas
56 x 66 in.

"Victrola floribunda"
by John Ashbery

I am always shaking deliquescent bonbons
our of my hat.  Is that a hat-trick?
I have never known what "hat-trick" means,
though I am sure there are many who do
and many more who do not.
This poem was written to title and accompany the painting in the book 
Another Language of Flowers (New York: George Braziller 1998).