Category Archives: John Ashbery

Visit John Ashbery’s Nest, Virtually

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of attention paid to John Ashbery’s unusual and beautiful house in Hudson, New York, and its relationship to his poetry and aesthetics.  I’ve written about this before on a number … Continue reading

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Young John Ashbery on Joyce’s “Ulysses”: “It’s Dirty!”

      The past couple of years, I’ve had a mini-tradition of posting something about the New York School poets and Ulysses on each Bloomsday — as you can see in these posts about Frank O’Hara and James Schuyler. … Continue reading

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Andrew Sean Greer’s “It’s a Summer’s Day” and Echoes of Frank O’Hara

                        In this week’s New Yorker, there is a story by Andrew Sean Greer which quietly takes its title from a poem by Frank O’Hara.  Oddly enough, this isn’t … Continue reading

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Look What They’ve Done to The San Remo

There is no shortage of opportunities to feel nostalgic for the good old days when rents were cheap, bars were smoky and filled with intellectual chatter, Kafka was the rage, and New York was a haven for rebellious artists.  Nor do you … Continue reading

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Harry Mathews (1930-2017) and the New York School of Poets

Very sad news for lovers of the New York School and contemporary literature: the novelist and poet Harry Mathews passed away this week at the age of 86.  Mathews is best-known as an experimental fiction writer who was one of … Continue reading

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Stephen Burt’s “The Poem Is You” and John Ashbery’s Invitation to the Reader

                                                   Stephen Burt’s expansive new book, The Poem is You: Sixty Contemporary American Poems and How to … Continue reading

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On Ashes’s Birthday — Frank O’Hara Writes “To John Ashbery”

  Today is John Ashbery’s 89th birthday, and for the occasion, here are two poems Ashbery’s close friend Frank O’Hara wrote for him over 60 years ago. Over the nearly twenty years of their friendship, O’Hara wrote many poems dedicated to … Continue reading

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