Category Archives: Barbara Guest

Harry Mathews (1930-2017) and the New York School of Poets

Very sad news for lovers of the New York School and contemporary literature: the novelist and poet Harry Mathews passed away this week at the age of 86.  Mathews is best-known as an experimental fiction writer who was one of … Continue reading

Posted in Barbara Guest, French poetry, Harry Mathews, James Schuyler, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Locus Solus, Raymond Roussel, Uncategorized, William S. Burroughs | Leave a comment

Drunk on the Poetry of a New Friend: John Wieners and Frank O’Hara

It’s been heartening to see all the recent attention to the poetry of John Wieners, whose moving, strange, and powerful poems deserve to be better known.  Wieners, an important but lesser-known figure within the post-World War II avant-garde scene known as “New American Poetry,” is … Continue reading

Posted in Barbara Guest, Beats, Charles Olson, Frank O'Hara, Influences on the NY School, James Schuyler, John Bernard Myers, John Wieners, Marjorie Perloff, NY School Influence, Ted Berrigan

“The Gifts of Women Poets”: Reflections On Barbara Guest and Bernadette Mayer

Over at the Poetry Foundation’s blog, Harriet, Amy King has curated a great two-part feature called “Call and Response: The Gifts of Women Poets,” which consists of brief pieces by a long series of writers, each paired with “an older or … Continue reading

Posted in Barbara Guest, Bernadette Mayer

Jane Freilicher (1924-2014) and the Poets of the New York School

This week brought the very sad news that the artist Jane Freilicher has passed away at the age of 90.  Freilicher was, of course, a major, founding figure at the heart of the New York School, who was central to the movement and community … Continue reading

Posted in Alex Katz, Anne Waldman, Barbara Guest, Charles Simic, Event, Fairfield Porter, Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler, Jane Freilicher, Joan Mitchell, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Poetry Project at St. Marks, Rudy Burkhardt, Visual Art

“The New York School Goes Country” — Daniel Kane on Timothy Gray’s Urban Pastoral

The new issue of Contemporary Literature includes a review by Daniel Kane of Timothy Gray’s 2010 book, Urban Pastoral: Natural Currents in the New York School (university subscription required for access, I believe). As Kane notes in his thoughtful review, Gray’s book … Continue reading

Posted in Barbara Guest, Book Review, Criticism, Diane DiPrima, Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler, Jane Freilicher, Jim Carroll, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch

Peter Riley on New York School poetry (Guest, Ceravolo, Schuyler)

             The British poet and critic Peter Riley has just published a very wide-ranging and insightful review essay on the New York School poets in the Forthnightly Review.  Riley discusses Barbara Guest’s Collected Poems (2008), the massive new Collected Poems of Joseph … Continue reading

Posted in Barbara Guest, Book Review, Criticism, James Schuyler, Joe Ceravolo, Uncategorized

Eric Baus on Barbara Guest

Thanks to a post on the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog, I just came across this piece by the poet Eric Baus on the Lost Roads Press site, about one of his favorite poems by Barbara Guest.  Baus writes that “Guest’s poem ‘Saving … Continue reading

Posted in Barbara Guest, NY School Influence