Category Archives: John Ashbery

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 and … Continue reading

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James Schuyler’s “June 30, 1974” and the Poetics of Everyday Life

In honor of today’s date, I thought I’d post “June 30, 1974,” a poem by James Schuyler which was written 42 years ago today.  The poem describes an early summer morning in the Hamptons at the home of his close friend, … Continue reading

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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

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James Schuyler Recalls Reading Ulysses in High School

Today is of course Bloomsday — the international celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses — and a year ago I posted about Frank O’Hara’s passionate attachment to Joyce and his epic novel.  This year, I thought I’d post another example of the powerful influence Joyce had … Continue reading

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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

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