Category Archives: Influences on the NY School

“I carried Ulysses with me for luck:” Frank O’Hara and James Joyce, on Bloomsday

      Soon after Frank O’Hara discovered James Joyce’s writing in high school, Joyce quickly became one of O’Hara’s heroes.  In his biography of O’Hara, City Poet, Brad Gooch details O’Hara’s early infatuation with Joyce, which carried through his teenage years, … Continue reading

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John and Elizabeth’s Excellent Adventure: Bishop and Ashbery

                                  It’s well-known that Elizabeth Bishop was a major influence on John Ashbery and that he adored her work.  The two poets even got to know … Continue reading

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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

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John Ashbery’s “A Sweet Disorder” in the New Yorker, and Herrick and Keats

The November 10, 2014 issue of the New Yorker will feature a new poem by John Ashbery called “A Sweet Disorder,” and the magazine just posted the poem and an audio recording of Ashbery reading it. The poem borrows its title, … Continue reading

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Mark Amerika Remixes Raymond Roussel’s Locus Solus

Raymond Roussel’s amazing and bizarre novel Locus Solus — the namesake for the journal founded by the New York School poets as well as for this humble blog — turns 100 this year.  Just in time for that anniversary, the visual artist, novelist, and media … Continue reading

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It is Poems by Pierre Reverdy

It’s exciting to see that the current issue of Poetry magazine (the first with new editor Don Share at the helm) features four poems by the great French poet Pierre Reverdy (1889-1960).  Closely tied to other “Cubist” poets like Guillaume Apollinaire and … Continue reading

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Bernadette Mayer and “Channeling Catullus”

I just had the chance to listen to “Channeling Catullus,” a podcast in the Poetry Foundation’s “Poetry Off the Shelf” series that was posted last month.  It features a conversation with the young poet Hannah Gamble about the enduring presence of the … Continue reading

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“This is Just To Say,” Twitter, and Kenneth Koch’s WCW Parody

  The website Jezebel, of all places, recently posted an interesting item about the afterlife of William Carlos Williams’s famous poem “This is Just to Say” — especially as it has been reworked and spoofed on Twitter in recent years. The … Continue reading

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The New York School’s Influence and the Case of Matthew Dickman

Nowadays, the New York School’s influence can be found all over contemporary poetry, for better or worse.  If you’re interested in the “worse” side of the argument, Tony Hoagland made that case a couple of years ago in a piece … Continue reading

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