Category Archives: Frank O’Hara

One of Kate Spade’s Muses was Frank O’Hara

                  Here’s an interesting footnote to the very sad news about the pioneering fashion designer Kate Spade, who died of an apparent suicide several days ago.  In a piece in the Atlantic, … Continue reading

Posted in Frank O'Hara, Grace Hartigan, In Memoriam, Mad Men, NY School Influence | 3 Comments

On Five Years of Locus Solus

Five years ago today, on May 27, 2013, I launched this blog with a welcome message and only a vague sense of what this site would become.  It’s turned out to be an immensely rewarding and fun side project, and it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Elizabeth BIshop, Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery, Leonard Cohen, Locus Solus, Robert Creeley, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Cecil Taylor (1929-2018), Frank O’Hara, Amiri Baraka

When the groundbreaking avant-garde jazz pianist and composer Cecil Taylor died last month, there was an outpouring of obituaries and tributes to his genius and influence.  But there was less attention paid to Taylor’s connections to the literary world, and … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Beats, Billie Holiday, Bob Kaufman, Cecil Taylor, Charles Olson, Frank O'Hara, Franz Kline, Gilbert Sorrentino, In Memoriam, Influences on the NY School, Jack Kerouac, Jazz, Kenneth Koch, Larry Rivers, Michael McClure, Morton Feldman, Music, Norman Mailer, NY School Influence, Ornette Coleman, Paul Blackburn, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Thelonious Monk | 1 Comment

Roundup of Recent “New York School of Poetry” News and Links (5/16/18)

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). – They Knew What They Wanted, the gorgeous new collection of John Ashbery’s collages … Continue reading

Posted in Alex Katz, Alice Notley, Andy Warhol, Anne Waldman, Bernadette Mayer, collaboration, David Shapiro, Frank O'Hara, Gerard Malanga, Interview, Jane Freilicher, Jim Carroll, Jim Jarmusch, Joe Brainard, John Ashbery, John Wieners, John Yau, Joseph Lease, Kenneth Koch, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, NY School Influence, Patti Smith, Paul Violi, Poems, Poetry Project at St. Marks, Ron Padgett, Velvet Underground, Visual Art, William Carlos Williams | 1 Comment

On Frank O’Hara and Willem de Kooning

Well, I have my beautiful de Kooning to aspire to. I think it has an orange bed in it, more than the ear can hold. — Frank O’Hara, “Radio” Today is the birthday of the great painter Willem de Kooning, … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Frank O'Hara, Influences on the NY School, Jackson Pollock, Visual Art, Willem de Kooning | Leave a comment

Frank O’Hara as an Influence on Greta Gerwig and “Lady Bird”

             Although it’s not a surprise anymore, Frank O’Hara continues to pop up in unexpected corners of popular culture, often cited as an influence and lodestar for rock musicians, TV showrunners, and filmmakers. I was … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Frank O'Hara, NY School Influence | 1 Comment

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