Category Archives: Book Review

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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Peter Gizzi’s “masterful” new book (and its James Schuyler epigraph)

Over at the New Yorker, Amanda Petrusich reviews the “masterful” new book by Peter Gizzi, Archeophonics, which was recently named a finalist for the National Book Award. Petrusich notes that this is “perhaps Gizzi’s most personal book; it is tender, lyric, … Continue reading

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On Bernadette Mayer’s “Exhilarating” New Book, “Works and Days”

As part of its “Definitive List of Must-Read Poetry Books from 2016 (So Far),” Flavorwire has posted a short review of Bernadette Mayer’s new book, Works and Days (which is about to appear from New Directions), by Jonathan Sturgeon. Sturgeon notes that Mayer’s book is obviously … Continue reading

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Grace Hartigan, Frank O’Hara, and the New York School

Burt Glinn, Back Table at the Five Spot (1957), Frank O’Hara, Larry Rivers, Grace Hartigan (l to r) The painter Grace Hartigan (1922-2008) was a central figure in the New York School of poets and artists in the 1950s. Particularly close to Frank O’Hara, … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Book Review, Elaine de Kooning, Frank O'Hara, Grace Hartigan, Helen Frankenthaler, James Schuyler, Jane Freilicher, Joan Mitchell, John Ashbery, Larry Rivers, Uncategorized, Visual Art

Frank Lima’s Inventory Reviewed in the Chicago Tribune

  At the Chicago Tribune, there is a review by Jake Marmer of the new collection of Frank Lima’s work (which I wrote about here).  Marmer notes that the book, published by City Lights, “spans the lifetime of this enigmatic poet, who fell in … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Book Review, David Shapiro, Frank Lima, Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Koch

Resurrecting Mayakovsky

In the TLS, Clare Cavanagh has an excellent and informative review of the new biography of the Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky by Bengt Jangfeldt (which I also wrote about a few months ago).  Mayakovsky, of course, is one of the towering avant-garde heroes in the New York … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Book Review, Frank O'Hara, Influences on the NY School, Kenneth Koch, Vladimir Mayakovsky

Dan Chiasson on John Ashbery’s Breezeway (and William James)

  John Ashbery’s new book, Breezeway, has just been published, and Dan Chiasson has written one of the first substantial reviews of the book for the New Yorker.  With the clever title “American Snipper,” the characteristically perceptive, beautifully written review stresses that Ashbery’s … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, John Ashbery, pragmatism, William James