Category Archives: Book Review

Marjorie Perloff on “Reading Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems After Fifty Years”

Over the past six months, there has been a flood of reviews and reassessments of Frank O’Hara’s landmark volume Lunch Poems, prompted by the release of City Lights Books’s special 50th anniversary edition of the 1964 book. The new issue of … Continue reading

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“New York School Painters & Poets” reviewed in the Guardian

In the Guardian today, Olivia Laing reviews New York School Painters & Poets: Neon in Daylight, the amazing new book by Jenni Quilter (which I’ve posted about before).  Laing provides a helpful introduction to the New York School, stressing its collaborative milieu and the dialogue between … Continue reading

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“A Thrashing, Generous Intelligence”: Eileen Myles’s Inferno chosen for Slate/Whiting Second Novel List

The poet Eileen Myles is, of course, also an accomplished writer of fiction, and her recent novel Inferno has just been named one of the five books on the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.  In a glowing review of the book on Slate, Sasha Weiss … Continue reading

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NPR on Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems: A “Jaunty, Dazzled Roving Collection”

The last few months have seen an abundant amount of attention to the new 50th anniversary edition of Frank O’Hara’s collection Lunch Poems.  Yesterday, NPR got in the act too, with a brief appreciation of the book by Tess Taylor, which … Continue reading

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Jed Perl’s Art in America: Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, and More

  The esteemed Library of America has just published a massive new anthology called Art in America 1945–1970: Writings from the Age of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism, edited by Jed Perl, the art critic for the New Republic. The … Continue reading

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NY Times reviews Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems: “the little black dress of American poetry books”

  Apparently, the season of celebrating Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems continues!  The New York Times has just posted a glowing review of the new 50th anniversary edition of the book by the always-great Dwight Garner, one of the paper’s daily book reviewers. Garner is always a delight to read, has excellent and eclectic taste, … Continue reading

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Roundup of Recent Links (2/24/14)

Here is another gathering of some recent news, links, and announcements that might be of interest: Ron Padgett’s Collected Poems has been named a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, along with four other finalists, Joshua Beckman, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Elizabeth Robinson, … Continue reading

Posted in Art Exhibit, Book Review, John Ashbery, John Cage, Kenneth Koch, Mark Ford, Michael Benedikt, Reviews, Ron Padgett, Roundup, Rudy Burkhardt, Visual Art, William S. Burroughs | 1 Comment

Review of Kenneth Koch’s The Banquet, with a note on Koch and Beckett

My review of Kenneth Koch’s complete plays, The Banquet — “‘Here Is Freshness and the Shore’s Timeless Teeth’: The Plays of Kenneth Koch” — has just been published at the Los Angeles Review of Books.   Anyone familiar with Koch’s poetry … Continue reading

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Ron Padgett’s Collected Poems, reviewed by David Lehman

Ron Padgett’s Collected Poems has just appeared from Coffee House Press, and to welcome its arrival, there’s a good review of the book by David Lehman in Publishers Weekly.  Lehman writes: Long a mainstay of the New York School’s second generation, … Continue reading

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Andrei Codrescu’s New and Selected Poems, reviewed by Marjorie Perloff

The Los Angeles Review of Books has put up a special feature on Andrei Codrescu, which includes an interview, a sampling of poems, and a sharp review of his career-spanning new book, So Recently Rent a World : New and Selected Poems: 1968-2012, by Marjorie … Continue reading

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