Category Archives: Kenneth Koch

Joshua Kotin on Amiri Baraka, Kenneth Koch, and a Mysterious April Fool’s Day Postcard

As part of a cluster of essays on “Interpretive Difficulty” published by Post45, the scholar Joshua Kotin recently published a fascinating piece about a mysterious postcard that Amiri Baraka sent to Kenneth Koch on April Fool’s Day 1965, with a … Continue reading

Posted in Alice Notley, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Criticism, Kenneth Koch, Ted Berrigan | 1 Comment

Welcome to the “Network for New York School Studies”

Some exciting news for anyone with an abiding interest in the New York School of poets and artists — a brand-new international scholarly organization called the Network for New York School Studies has recently been launched. Founded by scholars Rona … Continue reading

Posted in Alice Notley, Anne Waldman, Eileen Myles, Elinor Nauen, Interview, Kenneth Koch, Maggie Nelson, Marjorie Perloff, Mark Ford, Maureen Owen, Patricia Spears Jones | Leave a comment

Wallace Stevens and the New York School Poets

For a while now, I’ve been trying to make the case here and there that Wallace Stevens’s outsized influence on American avant-garde poetry — including on the poets of the New York School — has often been overlooked, to the … Continue reading

Posted in Barbara Guest, Criticism, Frank O'Hara, Influences on the NY School, James Schuyler, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Ted Berrigan, Wallace Stevens | 2 Comments

Jim Jarmusch and the Art of Collage

The filmmaker Jim Jarmusch – whose deep connections to the New York School poets has been discussed here before – has quietly been making collages for the past twenty years, but never exhibited them before and “was content to keep … Continue reading

Posted in Art Exhibit, David Shapiro, Film, Jim Jarmusch, Kenneth Koch, NY School Influence, Visual Art | 1 Comment

Ben Lerner’s Oblique Elegy For John Ashbery

“I find the moments of beauty and possibility opening up in John Ashbery’s work inexhaustibly beautiful,” the fiction writer and poet Ben Lerner recently said in an interview.  This is certainly not surprising – Ashbery is a fixture in virtually … Continue reading

Posted in Barbara Guest, Ben Lerner, Fiction, Joe Brainard, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, NY School Influence, Ron Padgett, Ted Berrigan | 6 Comments

Roundup of Recent “New York School of Poetry” News and Links (1/20/20)

Here’s the latest roundup of some recent links, new publications, and news related to the New York School of poets. (Previous roundups can be found here). — For The Rambling, literary scholar Jason Farr wrote a moving personal essay about … Continue reading

Posted in Alice Notley, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Anne Waldman, Barbara Guest, Beck, Bill Berkson, Eileen Myles, Elaine de Kooning, Frank O'Hara, George Schneeman, Grace Hartigan, Jasper Johns, Joe Brainard, Joe LeSueur, John Ashbery, John Cage, John Giorno, John Yau, Kenneth Koch, Lorenzo Thomas, Merce Cunningham, MoMA, Nell Blaine, Peter Schjeldahl, Robert Rauschenberg, Robin Coste Lewis, Ron Padgett, Roundup, Roy Lichtenstein, Tracy K. Smith, Visual Art, Wynn Chamberlain | 1 Comment

David Berman, Poet Among Musicians (1967-2019)

Last week, tragic news hit the worlds of indie rock and contemporary poetry simultaneously.  The musician and poet David Berman, leader of the acclaimed indie band Silver Jews, had passed away at the age of 52, after a long struggle … Continue reading

Posted in David Berman, In Memoriam, James Tate, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Music, NY School Influence | 1 Comment

“A Frank O’Hara Notebook” by Bill Berkson

When the poet and art critic Bill Berkson passed away in 2016, he left behind a notebook full of fragments and notes about his close and decisive friendship with Frank O’Hara.  Apparently, he had been planning for many years to … Continue reading

Posted in Arthur Rimbaud, Bill Berkson, Books, Frank O'Hara, Jack Kerouac, Jane Freilicher, Kenneth Koch, William Carlos Williams | 1 Comment

Roundup of Recent “New York School of Poetry” News and Links (8/23/18)

Here’s the latest roundup of recent links, new publications, and news related to the New York School of poets.  (For my most recent roundup, see here). — The indie band Deerhunter released an album titled Double Dream of Spring, a … Continue reading

Posted in Alice Notley, Anne Waldman, Bernadette Mayer, Bill Berkson, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Criticism, David Lehman, Douglas Crase, Douglas Oliver, Eileen Myles, Fairfield Porter, Frank O'Hara, Geoffrey O'Brien, Irving Sandler, Jane Freilicher, Joan Mitchell, Joe Brainard, John Ashbery, John Yau, Kenneth Koch, Kevin Young, Larry Rivers, Music, NY School Influence, Robert Creeley, Robert Dash, Ron Padgett, Roundup, Thomas Devaney, Vincent Katz, Vincent Warren, Visual Art | 2 Comments

Tom Clark (1941-2018), the New York School, and the Paris Review

  Very sad news in the poetry world: the poet Tom Clark died this week at the age of 77 after being struck by a car while walking across a street in Berkeley, California.  A prolific and controversial writer, Clark … Continue reading

Posted in Alice Notley, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Anne Waldman, Barbara Guest, Bill Berkson, Charles Olson, Clark Coolidge, David Lehman, David Shapiro, Denise Levertov, Frank Lima, Frank O'Hara, Gerard Malanga, Harry Mathews, In Memoriam, Jack Kerouac, James Schuyler, Jim Carroll, Joe Brainard, Joe Ceravolo, John Ashbery, John Koethe, Kenneth Koch, Kenward Elmslie, Larry Eigner, Larry Fagin, Lewis Warsh, Lou Reed, Peter Schjeldahl, Philip Whalen, Poetry Project at St. Marks, Robert Creeley, Ron Padgett, Ted Berrigan, Tom Clark, Tony Towle, Uncategorized, Velvet Underground | 1 Comment