Author Archives: Andrew Epstein

“The Ping Jockey School of Poetry”: A. R. Ammons, Frank O’Hara, and James Schuyler

The poet A. R. Ammons never fit comfortably into any of the well-defined groups and movements of post-1945 American poetry — he wasn’t part of the Beat movement, or Confessional poetry, or the Deep Image movement, or any other group. … Continue reading

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John Murillo and Nicole Sealey read and discuss an Anne Waldman poem

As part of the Paris Review‘s “Poets on Couches” series, John Murillo and Nicole Sealey recently discussed “How To Write,” a wonderful poem by Anne Waldman that was originally published in Paris Review in 1968. After Sealey reads the poem, … Continue reading

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Happy “Midwinter Day” Day!

On December 22, 1978, Bernadette Mayer wrote her groundbreaking, book-length poem, Midwinter Day. In recent years, poets and readers and Mayer fans have gathered to mark the occasion by reading from the book. As Mayer herself told Fanny Howe in a … Continue reading

Posted in Anne Waldman, Bernadette Mayer, Brenda Coultas, Charles Olson, Claudia Rankine, Eileen Myles, Ezra Pound, Frank O'Hara, Hoa Nguyen, James Joyce, Lee Ann Brown, Lewis Warsh, Maggie Nelson, NY School Influence, Vincent Katz, William Carlos Williams | Leave a comment

Joshua Kotin on Amiri Baraka, Kenneth Koch, and a Mysterious April Fool’s Day Postcard

As part of a cluster of essays on “Interpretive Difficulty” published by Post45, the scholar Joshua Kotin recently published a fascinating piece about a mysterious postcard that Amiri Baraka sent to Kenneth Koch on April Fool’s Day 1965, with a … Continue reading

Posted in Alice Notley, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Criticism, Kenneth Koch, Ted Berrigan | 1 Comment

Roundup of Recent “New York School of Poetry” News and Links (11/15/21)

Here is one of my semi-regular roundups of recent links and news related to the New York School of poets. (Previous roundups can be found here). In exciting news for fans of the late John Ashbery, the first posthumous collection of … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Alice Notley, Andy Warhol, Ange Mlinko, Art Exhibit, Ben Lerner, Bernadette Mayer, Charles North, Criticism, Etel Adnan, Film, Frank O'Hara, Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, Jasper Johns, Joan Mitchell, John Ashbery, John Yau, Larry Rivers, Lou Reed, Peter Schjeldahl, Poetry Project at St. Marks, Roundup, Trevor Winkfield, Velvet Underground, Video, Visual Art | 1 Comment

Welcome to the “Network for New York School Studies”

Some exciting news for anyone with an abiding interest in the New York School of poets and artists — a brand-new international scholarly organization called the Network for New York School Studies has recently been launched. Founded by scholars Rona … Continue reading

Posted in Alice Notley, Anne Waldman, Eileen Myles, Elinor Nauen, Interview, Kenneth Koch, Maggie Nelson, Marjorie Perloff, Mark Ford, Maureen Owen, Patricia Spears Jones | Leave a comment

Wallace Stevens and the New York School Poets

For a while now, I’ve been trying to make the case here and there that Wallace Stevens’s outsized influence on American avant-garde poetry — including on the poets of the New York School — has often been overlooked, to the … Continue reading

Posted in Barbara Guest, Criticism, Frank O'Hara, Influences on the NY School, James Schuyler, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Ted Berrigan, Wallace Stevens | 2 Comments

Jim Jarmusch and the Art of Collage

The filmmaker Jim Jarmusch – whose deep connections to the New York School poets has been discussed here before – has quietly been making collages for the past twenty years, but never exhibited them before and “was content to keep … Continue reading

Posted in Art Exhibit, David Shapiro, Film, Jim Jarmusch, Kenneth Koch, NY School Influence, Visual Art | 1 Comment

Jenny Xie reads “My Heart” by Frank O’Hara

If you haven’t checked it out yet, Ours Poetica is a great video series, produced by the Poetry Foundation and the poet Paige Lewis, which posts a poem read by a poet, writer, or artist, three times a week. This … Continue reading

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Roundup of Recent “New York School of Poetry” News and Links (4/4/21)

I know it has been awfully quiet around here at Locus Solus over the past few months. A combination of pandemic craziness and being in the last stages of a long-term project has resulted in my needing to take a … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Alice Notley, Barbara Guest, Diane Di Prima, Dick Gallup, Frank O'Hara, Grace Hartigan, Harry Mathews, Helen Frankenthaler, In Memoriam, Influences on the NY School, James Schuyler, Joe Brainard, John Ashbery, John Cage, John Wieners, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Lewis Warsh, Marisol, Max Jacob, Music, NY School Influence, Ron Padgett, Roundup, Ted Berrigan, Visual Art | 4 Comments