Category Archives: Criticism

Joshua Kotin on Amiri Baraka, Kenneth Koch, and a Mysterious April Fool’s Day Postcard

As part of a cluster of essays on “Interpretive Difficulty” published by Post45, the scholar Joshua Kotin recently published a fascinating piece about a mysterious postcard that Amiri Baraka sent to Kenneth Koch on April Fool’s Day 1965, with a … Continue reading

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Roundup of Recent “New York School of Poetry” News and Links (11/15/21)

Here is one of my semi-regular roundups of recent links and news related to the New York School of poets. (Previous roundups can be found here). In exciting news for fans of the late John Ashbery, the first posthumous collection of … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Alice Notley, Andy Warhol, Ange Mlinko, Art Exhibit, Ben Lerner, Bernadette Mayer, Charles North, Criticism, Etel Adnan, Film, Frank O'Hara, Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, Jasper Johns, Joan Mitchell, John Ashbery, John Yau, Larry Rivers, Lou Reed, Peter Schjeldahl, Poetry Project at St. Marks, Roundup, Trevor Winkfield, Velvet Underground, Video, Visual Art | 1 Comment

Wallace Stevens and the New York School Poets

For a while now, I’ve been trying to make the case here and there that Wallace Stevens’s outsized influence on American avant-garde poetry — including on the poets of the New York School — has often been overlooked, to the … Continue reading

Posted in Barbara Guest, Criticism, Frank O'Hara, Influences on the NY School, James Schuyler, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Ted Berrigan, Wallace Stevens | 2 Comments

Roundup of Recent “New York School of Poetry” News and Links (8/23/18)

Here’s the latest roundup of recent links, new publications, and news related to the New York School of poets.  (For my most recent roundup, see here). — The indie band Deerhunter released an album titled Double Dream of Spring, a … Continue reading

Posted in Alice Notley, Anne Waldman, Bernadette Mayer, Bill Berkson, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Criticism, David Lehman, Douglas Crase, Douglas Oliver, Eileen Myles, Fairfield Porter, Frank O'Hara, Geoffrey O'Brien, Irving Sandler, Jane Freilicher, Joan Mitchell, Joe Brainard, John Ashbery, John Yau, Kenneth Koch, Kevin Young, Larry Rivers, Music, NY School Influence, Robert Creeley, Robert Dash, Ron Padgett, Roundup, Thomas Devaney, Vincent Katz, Vincent Warren, Visual Art | 2 Comments

Roundup of Recent “New York School of Poetry” News and Links (4/2/18)

Here’s the latest roundup of recent links, new publications, and news related to the New York School of poets.  (For my most recent roundup, see here). — Jeremy Noel-Tod reviews Karin Roffman’s biography of John Ashbery’s early years and reflects … Continue reading

Posted in Aime Cesaire, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Book Review, Charles North, Criticism, Douglas Crase, Eileen Myles, Elizabeth BIshop, Interview, Jack Spicer, James Schuyler, Joe Brainard, John Ashbery, John Koethe, John Yau, Kenward Elmslie, Kevin Killian, Music, NY School Influence, Patti Smith, Peter Gizzi, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Roundup, Ted Berrigan, Uncategorized, Visual Art, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams | 3 Comments

Roundup of Recent “New York School” News and Links (2/20/18)

Ever since I started doing this blog (back in 2013), it’s been a challenge for me to just keep up with the steady stream of New York School-related news and happenings. (It doesn’t help that this doesn’t actually count as … Continue reading

Posted in Alice Notley, Book Review, Charles Bernstein, Criticism, Eileen Myles, Frank O'Hara, Harry Mathews, Jasper Johns, Joe Brainard, John Ashbery, John LaTouche, Lou Reed, Mark Ford, Music, Ron Padgett, Roundup, Ted Berrigan, Velvet Underground | 1 Comment

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, Douglas Crase, Fairfield Porter, James Schuyler, Jane Freilicher, John Ashbery, Poems, Stanley Cavell | 4 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 | Leave a comment

“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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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 | 1 Comment