Category Archives: Joe LeSueur

Buried at Springs: Frank O’Hara’s Funeral (7/27/66)

51 years ago today, Frank O’Hara was buried in Green River Cemetery, in Springs, New York, just steps away from the grave of one of his heroes, Jackson Pollock, two days after being struck down by a dune buggy on … Continue reading

Posted in Alex Katz, Alfred Leslie, Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Guest, Bill Berkson, David Shapiro, Edwin Denby, Frank O'Hara, Helen Frankenthaler, Jackson Pollock, James Schuyler, Joe LeSueur, Kenneth Koch, Larry Rivers, MoMA, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning | 7 Comments

Bill Berkson (1939-2016) and Frank O’Hara: “Bill’s School of New York”

Yesterday brought the very sad news that the poet and art critic Bill Berkson had passed away at the age of 76.  Berkson was of course of central importance to the New York School and its legacy, and over the coming days and months there … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Bill Berkson, David Shapiro, Frank O'Hara, In Memoriam, James Schuyler, Joe LeSueur, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Pierre Reverdy, Ron Padgett, Uncategorized, Willem de Kooning | 1 Comment

Frank O’Hara Celebrates Dancing at a Gay Bar

In the midst of all the horror and great sadness about the tragedy that occurred in Orlando last night at the gay bar Pulse, I keep thinking of a poem Frank O’Hara wrote in 1955 called “At the Old Place.” This daring piece is one … Continue reading

Posted in Frank O'Hara, Jack Spicer, Joe LeSueur, John Ashbery, Poems, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Wynn Chamberlain (1927-2014), Painter of “Poets Dressed and Undressed”

The painter Wynn Chamberlain recently passed away at the age of 87, the New York Times reported on Sunday.  Friendly with Frank O’Hara and other poets of the New York School, a fixture in the Andy Warhol orbit, Chamberlain achieved notoriety in the mid-1960s for his series … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Beats, Bill Berkson, Frank Lima, Joe Brainard, Joe LeSueur, Taylor Mead, Tony Towle, Visual Art, Willem de Kooning, William S. Burroughs, Wynn Chamberlain | 1 Comment

Frank O’Hara, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and the Evolution of Lunch Poems

  There’s been a lot of welcome attention lately to the 50th anniversary of Frank O’Hara’s 1964 book Lunch Poems, including a star-studded group reading of the book at the Poetry Project the other night.  As I mentioned before, City Lights … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Beats, Frank O'Hara, Joe LeSueur, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Letters / Correspondence

Remembering Frank O’Hara’s Apartments

One of my favorite places in New York is a particular stretch in Greenwich Village along University Place, about halfway between Washington Square Park and Union Square.  Whenever I walk by the doorway at 90 University Place (now home to … Continue reading

Posted in Event, Frank O'Hara, Joe LeSueur, New York, Poetry Project at St. Marks, Tony Towle, Uncategorized