Category Archives: Boris Pasternak

Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933-2017), Frank O’Hara, Kenneth Koch

The great Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko died yesterday at the age of 83. A towering figure in post-World War II Russian poetry, Yevtushenko was, as the New York Times obituary put it, “an internationally acclaimed poet with the charisma of an actor and … Continue reading

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Frank O’Hara’s “For Bob Rauschenberg,” on His Birthday

Today is the birthday of the groundbreaking painter Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), who would’ve turned 91 today.  Rauschenberg, who Frank O’Hara once called “the enfant terrible of the New York School,” was of course both a good friend and inspiration to O’Hara, Ashbery, and their circle … Continue reading

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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, Boris Pasternak, Frank O'Hara, Influences on the NY School, Kenneth Koch, Vladimir Mayakovsky

Mayakovsky, Frank O’Hara, and the “Intimate Yell”

  A major new biography of the great Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930), who served as such a powerful influence on Frank O’Hara, Kenneth Koch, and other poets of the New York School, has recently appeared.  Written by Bengt Jangfeldt, a Swedish biographer, the … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Boris Pasternak, Frank O'Hara, Influences on the NY School, James Schuyler, Marjorie Perloff, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Willem de Kooning

A Visual Footnote to O’Hara’s “The Day Lady Died”: New World Writing and The Poets of Ghana

Because his poems are so overstuffed with references to proper names, movies, books, small-scale historical events, and famous or not-so-famous friends, people who love and teach Frank O’Hara’s work often talk about how useful it would be to have an annotated … Continue reading

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