Author Archives: Andrew Epstein

“Neon in Daylight” — New Novel Borrows Title from Frank O’Hara

Another day, another work of fiction borrowing a title from Frank O’Hara’s poetry.  I’ve noted examples of this phenomenon before — such as Andrew Sean Greer’s story “It’s a Summer’s Day,” Emma Jane Unsworth’s novel Animals, and Don DeLillo’s short story … Continue reading

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“New Year’s Eve”: A Collaborative Poem by John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch

In keeping with my semi-regular tradition of posting New Years-related poems here, I thought I’d share this rare piece — a collaborative poem by John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch called “New Year’s Eve.”  The poem was part of a cluster of … Continue reading

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Vincent Warren, love of Frank O’Hara’s life, passes away at 79

Sad news for readers of Frank O’Hara: Vincent Warren, the ballet dancer who has often been described as the true love of O’Hara’s life, passed away on October 25 at the age of 79, some 50 years after O’Hara himself.  … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson, the Frank O’Hara Fan?

                              I know these days it can seem as if everyone is a Frank O’Hara fan and his name gets dropped in far-flung places all the … Continue reading

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The Time John Ashbery Did a “Screen Test” for Andy Warhol

Over the last several weeks since John Ashbery passed away, we have seen a flood of moving tributes, memorials, personal memoirs, and re-assessments, including even some reflections on the poet “in all his hunky glory,” as the title of a surprising … Continue reading

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Remembering John Ashbery (1927-2017)

This past Sunday, September 3, brought the very sad news that John Ashbery had passed away at the age of 90.  Ashbery has long been regarded as the greatest and most influential living American poet, so it is not surprising … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Guest, Fairfield Porter, Frank O'Hara, Harry Mathews, In Memoriam, Jack Spicer, James Merrill, Jane Freilicher, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Larry Rivers, Mark Ford, Robert Creeley | 10 Comments

The Picture of Little J.A.: A New Biography of the Young John Ashbery

  Karin Roffman’s new book, The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery’s Early Life — the highly anticipated, first full-fledged biography of Ashbery — was recently published, and my review of the book appeared in the New York Times Book Review several days ago. … Continue reading

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