Category Archives: Fairfield Porter

Remembering John Ashbery (1927-2017)

This past Sunday, September 3, brought the very sad news that John Ashbery had passed away at the age of 90.  Ashbery has long been regarded as the greatest and most influential living American poet, so it is not surprising … Continue reading

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The Picture of Little J.A.: A New Biography of the Young John Ashbery

  Karin Roffman’s new book, The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery’s Early Life — the highly anticipated, first full-fledged biography of Ashbery — was recently published, and my review of the book appeared in the New York Times Book Review several days ago. … Continue reading

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From James Schuyler’s Diary (August 5, 1968)

Here is an excerpt from James Schuyler’s diary on August 5, 1968, 48 years ago today, at Fairfield Porter’s home on Great Spruce Head Island in Maine: Blue, with a few sharp streaks of white.  The water is making its knitting … Continue reading

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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

James Schuyler as a Portrait of … Fatherhood?

Because it was Father’s Day yesterday, the cover of a recently published anthology called Stories of Fatherhood (Everyman’s Pocket Classics, 2014) popped up in my feed, and I was immediately struck by the image on the cover and did a double-take.  Here it is: … Continue reading

Posted in Fairfield Porter, James Schuyler, Uncategorized, Visual Art

Ocean Vuong (and Roger Reeves) after Frank O’Hara

            This week’s New Yorker features a lovely poem by the young Vietnamese-born poet Ocean Vuong with the striking title “Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong,” followed by the words “After  Frank O’Hara / After Roger Reeves.” Given my own … Continue reading

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Elaine de Kooning, Frank O’Hara, and the New York School

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., is currently hosting a large exhibition devoted to the work of Elaine de Kooning.  De Kooning, like her husband Willem, was a good friend and ally of many poets of the New York School. The show, entitled “Elaine … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Alex Katz, Allen Ginsberg, Art Exhibit, Edwin Denby, Elaine de Kooning, Fairfield Porter, Frank O'Hara, Grace Hartigan, Jane Freilicher, Joan Mitchell, John Ashbery, Merce Cunningham, Visual Art, Willem de Kooning