Category Archives: Criticism

James Schuyler’s “June 30, 1974” and the Poetics of Everyday Life

In honor of today’s date, I thought I’d post “June 30, 1974,” a poem by James Schuyler which was written 42 years ago today.  The poem describes an early summer morning in the Hamptons at the home of his close friend, … Continue reading

Posted in Criticism, Fairfield Porter, James Schuyler, Jane Freilicher, John Ashbery, Poems, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Nick Sturm on Ted Berrigan as Art Critic

There is a great new essay up at Fanzine about Ted Berrigan’s little-known art writing by one of my (now former) graduate students, the terrific poet and scholar Nick Sturm.  For months, Sturm has been scouring the Berrigan archives, turning up fascinating … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Alice Neel, Alice Notley, Criticism, Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler, Jane Freilicher, John Ashbery, Ted Berrigan, Visual Art

“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

Posted in Books, Criticism, Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery

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

Posted in Book Review, Criticism, Frank O'Hara, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Marjorie Perloff

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

Posted in Books, Criticism, James Schuyler, Joe Brainard, John Ashbery, Kenneth Goldsmith

Mark Halliday on Kenneth Koch and the “Fun of Being a Poet”

The poet and critic Mark Halliday, who has written several good, important essays on Kenneth Koch in the past, has a new essay in the Summer 2014 issue of Pleaides, which was posted by Poetry Daily a couple days ago as one … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Criticism, Kenneth Koch, Mark Halliday, Uncategorized

“The New York School Society” Panels at the American Literature Association conference

Each year at the American Literature Association’s annual conference, “The New York School Society” hosts a panel or two devoted to recent scholarship on the topic of the New York School.  I always find it interesting to see what’s on offer, as … Continue reading

Posted in Conferences and Talks, Criticism, Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery