Category Archives: Books

“A Frank O’Hara Notebook” by Bill Berkson

When the poet and art critic Bill Berkson passed away in 2016, he left behind a notebook full of fragments and notes about his close and decisive friendship with Frank O’Hara.  Apparently, he had been planning for many years to … Continue reading

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“Street Musicians: Frank O’Hara and John Ashbery” in The Cambridge Companion to American Poets

I just wanted to announce a new publication that may be of interest: the new Cambridge Companion to American Poets, edited by Mark Richardson, features an essay of mine titled “Street Musicians: Frank O’Hara and John Ashbery.”  In general, it … Continue reading

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“To the Memory of Joe Brainard”: Kent Johnson’s I Once Met

“To the memory of Joe Brainard” reads the dedication to Kent Johnson‘s new book, I Once Met: A Partial Memoir of the Poetry Field.  A revised and expanded version of a limited-edition chapbook of the same title that Johnson published in 2007, the book … 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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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

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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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Christopher Schmidt’s New Book on the Poetics of Waste in Ashbery, Schuyler, and Others

We tend to think of waste and garbage as civilization’s abject “other,” the marginalized and repressed excess produced by the machinery of capitalism.  Then why does it seem to be everywhere in American poetry?  A new book by the critic … Continue reading

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Frank O’Hara is Everywhere, Even the Title of Emma Jane Unsworth’s New Novel

Thanks entirely to the clout of Mad Men, the once-forgotten poet Frank O’Hara seems to be everywhere these days, no longer languishing in “the bottom drawer of cultural obscurity.”  (I’m just kidding — I don’t really think that!). Things have gotten so … Continue reading

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Lunch Poems Turns 50! A Reissue and a Celebratory Reading

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Frank O’Hara’s landmark book Lunch Poems, first published by City Lights Books in 1964.  In honor of the book’s half-century birthday, City Lights is publishing a special 50th anniversary edition, … Continue reading

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David Lehman’s New and Selected Poems

Speaking of David Lehman, whose review of Ron Padgett’s Collected I just mentioned in the previous post: his New and Selected Poems — a volume that gathers together work from his own long and celebrated career — has just been published, today … Continue reading

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