Vermont Notebook The Author:John Ashbery, Joe Brainard Originally published by Black Sparrow Press in 1975, and long out of print, "The Vermont Notebook" combines the writing of the American master John Ashbery with the ink drawings of Joe Brainard (1942-1994). This is Ashbery at his wacky best, from long lists that seem to make some sense, to short lists that seem to make no sense, to made-up diary... more » entries. Here we find Joe Brainard's version of Americana. Combined, there is a wonderful innocence to this book that is found in the work of both of these artists. Joe Brainard's popularity is soaring to new heights as the traveling retrospective of his career captivates museum-goers throughout the United States, and this publication will be a valuable addition to the available publications of his work. Poetry by John Ashbery. Drawings by Joe Brainard.