Category Archives: Locus Solus

On Five Years of Locus Solus

Five years ago today, on May 27, 2013, I launched this blog with a welcome message and only a vague sense of what this site would become.  It’s turned out to be an immensely rewarding and fun side project, and it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Elizabeth BIshop, Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery, Leonard Cohen, Locus Solus, Robert Creeley, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

“New Year’s Eve”: A Collaborative Poem by John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch

In keeping with my semi-regular tradition of posting New Years-related poems here, I thought I’d share this rare piece — a collaborative poem by John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch called “New Year’s Eve.”  The poem was part of a cluster of … Continue reading

Posted in collaboration, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Locus Solus, Poems, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Barbara Guest, French poetry, Harry Mathews, In Memoriam, James Schuyler, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Locus Solus, Raymond Roussel, Uncategorized, William S. Burroughs | 1 Comment

Resurrecting Raymond Roussel, the “Proust of Dreams”

In the New York Times, Holland Cotter reviews the debut exhibit at the new Galerie Buchholz in New York which is “giving us something wonderful that we haven’t had before: a retrospective of the French writer Raymond Roussel (1877-1933).”  The brilliant and bizarre Roussel, … Continue reading

Posted in Art Exhibit, French poetry, Harry Mathews, Influences on the NY School, John Ashbery, Locus Solus, Raymond Roussel

Mark Amerika Remixes Raymond Roussel’s Locus Solus

Raymond Roussel’s amazing and bizarre novel Locus Solus — the namesake for the journal founded by the New York School poets as well as for this humble blog — turns 100 this year.  Just in time for that anniversary, the visual artist, novelist, and media … Continue reading

Posted in Influences on the NY School, John Ashbery, Locus Solus, Mark Ford, Raymond Roussel, Translation

June’s Poetry Magazine: Harry Mathews, Ron Padgett, and a Hint of Frank O’Hara

Poetry magazine, given a jolt of energy under new editor Don Share, continues to display an exciting eclecticism and openness to multiple traditions, including an ongoing special interest in the poetry of the New York School (a development I posted about here). … Continue reading

Posted in Bernadette Mayer, Bill Berkson, Frank O'Hara, Grace Hartigan, Harry Mathews, John Ashbery, John Cage, Journals, Locus Solus, NY School Influence, Podcast, Poems, Reviews, Ron Padgett | 1 Comment

Robert Archambeau on the Poetry of Michael Benedikt

Robert Archambeau has posted an interesting piece that will serve as an introduction to the forthcoming collection Time is a Toy: The Selected Poems of Michael Benedikt (edited by John Gallaher and Laura Boss).  Although he has not always been closely associated … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Locus Solus, Michael Benedikt