Category Archives: Bill Berkson

Wynn Chamberlain (1927-2014), Painter of “Poets Dressed and Undressed”

The painter Wynn Chamberlain recently passed away at the age of 87, the New York Times reported on Sunday.  Friendly with Frank O’Hara and other poets of the New York School, a fixture in the Andy Warhol orbit, Chamberlain achieved notoriety in the mid-1960s for his series … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Beats, Bill Berkson, Frank Lima, Joe Brainard, Joe LeSueur, John Giorno, Taylor Mead, Tony Towle, Visual Art, Willem de Kooning, William S. Burroughs, Wynn Chamberlain | 1 Comment

New Book on New York School Painters and Poets: Vogue’s “Exclusive Look”

      Next week, the publisher Rizzoli will be releasing a terrific-sounding, major new book devoted to the New York School painters and poets — their shared aesthetic, their myriad collaborations, their boozing and chatting at the Cedar Tavern.  Titled New York … Continue reading

Posted in Alex Katz, Anne Waldman, Bill Berkson, Books, collaboration, Edwin Denby, Fairfield Porter, Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler, Jane Freilicher, Jasper Johns, Joan Mitchell, Joe Brainard, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Larry Rivers, Philip Guston, Robert Motherwell, Ron Padgett, Rudy Burkhardt, Ted Berrigan, Visual Art, Willem de Kooning | 1 Comment

June’s Poetry Magazine: Harry Mathews, Ron Padgett, and a Hint of Frank O’Hara

Poetry magazine, given a jolt of energy under new editor Don Share, continues to display an exciting eclecticism and openness to multiple traditions, including an ongoing special interest in the poetry of the New York School (a development I posted about here). … Continue reading

Posted in Bernadette Mayer, Bill Berkson, Frank O'Hara, Grace Hartigan, Harry Mathews, John Ashbery, John Cage, Journals, Locus Solus, NY School Influence, Podcast, Poems, Reviews, Ron Padgett | 1 Comment

“To ashbery,” “to kenneth,” and “to brainard”: Poets’ Names as Verbs

If you could turn the names of your friends, or your favorite poets, into verbs, what actions would they signify?  What would it mean, for instance, “to keats,” “to plath,” or “to ashbery”? In a playful 1969 letter to Bill Berkson, James Schuyler … Continue reading

Posted in Bill Berkson, James Schuyler, Joe Brainard, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Kenward Elmslie, Letters / Correspondence | 1 Comment

10 Questions for Ron Padgett

To celebrate the publication next month of Ron Padgett’s Collected Poems, the Huffington Post has put up “‘Perpetual Delight’: 10 Questions for Poet Ron Padgett,” a brief interview with Padgett conducted by Travis Nichols. In his preface to the interview, Nichols writes … Continue reading

Posted in Bill Berkson, Interview, James Schuyler, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Kenward Elmslie, Ron Padgett | Leave a comment

It is Poems by Pierre Reverdy

It’s exciting to see that the current issue of Poetry magazine (the first with new editor Don Share at the helm) features four poems by the great French poet Pierre Reverdy (1889-1960).  Closely tied to other “Cubist” poets like Guillaume Apollinaire and … Continue reading

Posted in Bill Berkson, Books, Frank O'Hara, French poetry, Influences on the NY School, John Ashbery, Pierre Reverdy, Translation | 1 Comment

“Song for Bernadette: An Evening of Lyrics and Dance,” at the Poetry Project in September

Next month there will be benefit held in honor of Bernadette Mayer, at the Poetry Project at St. Marks, in New York.  (For more information about Mayer’s situation and the “Friends of Bernadette Mayer Fund,” see this Harriet blog post … Continue reading

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Bill Berkson reads from “Biotherm” for O’Hara birthday event (in San Francisco)

Reason #1657 it would be terrific to live in San Francisco. As the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog posted yesterday, Bill Berkson will be reading tomorrow night from the long poem Frank O’Hara dedicated to him, “Biotherm (for Bill Berkson),” at an … Continue reading

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Frank O’Hara’s Poems Retrieved Reprinted by City Lights

Great news for fans of Frank O’Hara — the long out-of-print yet essential volume of O’Hara’s work, Poems Retrieved, has just been reissued by City Lights.  Hopefully this means we will soon be seeing sparkling new editions of Standing Still and … Continue reading

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