Category Archives: Joe LeSueur

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

Peter Matthiessen / Patsy Southgate / Frank O’Hara

Sometimes it seems like all roads lead back to the New York School (for me, at least). The widely-admired novelist, naturalist, and nonfiction writer Peter Matthiessen passed away on Saturday at the age of 86.  At first glance, Matthiessen — “a roving author … Continue reading

Posted in Frank O'Hara, In Memoriam, Joe LeSueur, Michael Goldberg, Patsy Southgate

“Lana Faints; In Hospital”: A Visual Footnote for Frank O’Hara’s “Poem (Lana Turner has collapsed)”

“Poem (Lana Turner has collapsed!)” is one of Frank O’Hara’s funniest and best-loved poems.  With its campy treatment of a tabloid headline about a glamorous celebrity facing adversity, it’s often cited as an example of O’Hara’s embrace of pop culture … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Frank O'Hara, Joe LeSueur, Poems, Robert Lowell | 4 Comments

LeRoi and Frank: On the Friendship of Amiri Baraka and Frank O’Hara

In the weeks since Amiri Baraka passed away, there has been a flood of tributes and commentary on his work, his controversial career, and his immense legacy and importance. Many of them have discussed his “Beat” phase and touched on … Continue reading

Posted in Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Beats, Frank O'Hara, Joe LeSueur, Kenward Elmslie, Vincent Warren | 2 Comments

Kent Johnson’s A Question Mark Above the Sun: Another Look

Back in July, I wrote about the wealth of elegies for Frank O’Hara which appeared after his tragic death in 1966, written by many of his friends, including Allen Ginsberg, David Shapiro, and James Schuyler. At the time, I didn’t mention the … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Books, Frank O'Hara, Joe LeSueur, Kenneth Koch, Kent Johnson, Vladimir Mayakovsky | 1 Comment