Category Archives: Kenneth Koch

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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Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933-2017), Frank O’Hara, Kenneth Koch

The great Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko died yesterday at the age of 83. A towering figure in post-World War II Russian poetry, Yevtushenko was, as the New York Times obituary put it, “an internationally acclaimed poet with the charisma of an actor and … 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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Ron Padgett talks about his Sundays with the New York Times

The New York Times has just posted a little feature on Ron Padgett, in conjunction with Jim Jarmusch’s new movie Paterson.  As I noted recently, Padgett collaborated with his friend Jarmusch, composing poems for the movie: For the movie “Paterson,” about a poet … Continue reading

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Jim Jarmusch as “the Cinematic Extension of the New York School”

Paterson, the new movie by the celebrated indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, has been receiving a lot of buzz and praise ever since it debuted this summer at the Cannes Film Festival, “where it was feted as the best film the 63-year-old Jarmusch had … Continue reading

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Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), Kenneth Koch, and the Island of Hydra

                    Very sad news broke last night that the legendary songwriter, singer, and writer Leonard Cohen had passed away at 82.  Cohen began his career as a daring young Canadian poet … Continue reading

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From James Schuyler’s Diary (August 5, 1968)

Here is an excerpt from James Schuyler’s diary on August 5, 1968, 48 years ago today, at Fairfield Porter’s home on Great Spruce Head Island in Maine: Blue, with a few sharp streaks of white.  The water is making its knitting … Continue reading

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