Author Archives: Andrew Epstein

“Ninth Street Women”: The New York School (of Painters, Mostly) Comes to TV

Those of us who have been hoping for years for a Frank O’Hara biopic or Netflix mini-series devoted to the New York School poets will have to wait, but there is exciting news in this department: Amazon just announced that … Continue reading

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Frank O’Hara as a Jeopardy! Clue

The list of poets who are well-known enough to appear in a question on a television trivia game show is relatively short.  Games like Jeopardy! frequently feature questions about old standbys like Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron, Pound, Yeats, Hughes, … Continue reading

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Frank O’Hara and Indie Punk (Having a Coke with Martha)

Longtime readers of this blog probably know I’m always on the lookout for moments when Frank O’Hara or other poets of the New York School pop up in the world of music.  O’Hara, especially, continues to haunt the history and … Continue reading

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The Power of Not Being Sure: John Ashbery, Jordan Ellenberg, and Math

To my surprise, in the car the other day my math-obsessed 14-year-old son Dylan suddenly exclaimed “John Ashbery!” from the backseat.  It turns out he’d reached the last pages of Jordan Ellenberg’s 2014 book How Not To Be Wrong: The Power … Continue reading

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Falling in Love with Frank O’Hara (via Instagram)

The writer Sinead Stubbins has a charming article in the Guardian today about how she, like so many others, came to fall in love with the poetry of Frank O’Hara.  The piece also suggests the new, digital byways that lead people … Continue reading

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“A Frank O’Hara Notebook” by Bill Berkson

When the poet and art critic Bill Berkson passed away in 2016, he left behind a notebook full of fragments and notes about his close and decisive friendship with Frank O’Hara.  Apparently, he had been planning for many years to … Continue reading

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Happy 40th Birthday to Midwinter Day (by Bernadette Mayer)

“I had an idea to write a book that would … prove the day like the dream has everything in it.” — Bernadette Mayer, Midwinter Day Today marks the 40th anniversary of an important moment in twentieth-century poetry — the … Continue reading

Posted in Bernadette Mayer, Charles Olson, Claudia Rankine, Ezra Pound, Frank O'Hara, James Joyce, Lewis Warsh, NY School Influence, William Carlos Williams | 2 Comments