Category Archives: Interview

Laura Kasischke on Alice Notley’s “Descent of Alette”: “radioactive, dangerous, addictive, all-consuming”

Each month, Poetry magazine posts a “Reading List,” in which contributors to the current issue share some books that held their interest.  In the May installment, Laura Kasischke offers a rave review of Alice Notley’s masterful, book-length poem, The Descent of … Continue reading

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Frederick Seidel and an Unmade Movie about Frank O’Hara

In the Guardian’s new interview with the polarizing poet Frederick Seidel, one exchange caught my eye.  Prompted by a recent review of Seidel by Dan Chiasson in the New Yorker — which had argued that “at his best, Seidel reminds me of a poet who … Continue reading

Posted in David Salle, Film, Frank O'Hara, Frederick Seidel, Interview, NY School Influence, Sylvia Plath

John Ashbery’s First Love and Rimbaud

            In a new interview at the Brooklyn Rail with Jarrett Earnest, John Ashbery speaks candidly about an early, formative experience that I don’t recall seeing him ever mention before. When Jarrett says “a lot of people … Continue reading

Posted in Arthur Rimbaud, French poetry, Influences on the NY School, Interview, John Ashbery, Translation, Uncategorized

Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore Talks Poetry with Daniel Kane

The musician Thurston Moore — one of the founders of the groundbreaking experimental rock band Sonic Youth — has deep and long-standing ties to the New York School of poets, and to avant-garde poetics more broadly.  After all, he did recently record a song called “Frank O’Hara … Continue reading

Posted in Bernadette Mayer, Bruce Andrews, Charles Bernstein, Clark Coolidge, Dan Graham, Frank O'Hara, Interview, John Ashbery, Music, NY School Influence, Patti Smith, Poetry Project at St. Marks, Richard Hell, Ted Berrigan, Thurston Moore, Vito Acconci

John Ashbery Interview: Walden, Whitman, Proust, Obama, and School Lunch Menus

There’s a charming and pithy interview with John Ashbery in today’s New York Times Book Review (as an installment in their “By the Book” feature).  Among the highlights: we learn that Ashbery’s got Thomas DeQuincey’s Confessions of an English Opium Eater on … Continue reading

Posted in Interview, John Ashbery, Marcel Proust, Walt Whitman

David Salle: “I wanted to live in a Frank O’Hara poem”

The Brooklyn Rail has posted a new interview with the artist David Salle, who came to prominence in the 1980s as an important member of the “Pictures Generation,” which became known for its experimentation with appropriation, pastiche, assemblage, and pop culture imagery. In … Continue reading

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Hooray for Alice Notley, Winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize!

The Poetry Foundation announced today that Alice Notley has been awarded the 2015 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.  This is a pretty big deal in poetry-land.  As the press release puts it: “Presented annually to a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments … Continue reading

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