Category Archives: Marjorie Perloff

Drunk on the Poetry of a New Friend: John Wieners and Frank O’Hara

It’s been heartening to see all the recent attention to the poetry of John Wieners, whose moving, strange, and powerful poems deserve to be better known.  Wieners, an important but lesser-known figure within the post-World War II avant-garde scene known as “New American Poetry,” is … Continue reading

Posted in Barbara Guest, Beats, Charles Olson, Frank O'Hara, Influences on the NY School, James Schuyler, John Bernard Myers, John Wieners, Marjorie Perloff, NY School Influence, Ted Berrigan

Mayakovsky, Frank O’Hara, and the “Intimate Yell”

  A major new biography of the great Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930), who served as such a powerful influence on Frank O’Hara, Kenneth Koch, and other poets of the New York School, has recently appeared.  Written by Bengt Jangfeldt, a Swedish biographer, the … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Frank O'Hara, Influences on the NY School, James Schuyler, Marjorie Perloff, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Willem de Kooning

Marjorie Perloff on “Reading Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems After Fifty Years”

Over the past six months, there has been a flood of reviews and reassessments of Frank O’Hara’s landmark volume Lunch Poems, prompted by the release of City Lights Books’s special 50th anniversary edition of the 1964 book. The new issue of … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Criticism, Frank O'Hara, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Marjorie Perloff

“Boiled Dinner” by Jennifer Moxley and the “Meta New York School Work”

A couple weeks ago, I discussed the new Ashbery feature in Jacket2 and mentioned that it features a piece called Boiled Dinner, a play by the poet Jennifer Moxley. Moxley’s play is a good example of what I like to think of … Continue reading

Posted in James Schuyler, Jennifer Moxley, John Ashbery, Marjorie Perloff, NY School Influence, Theater / Plays

Andrei Codrescu’s New and Selected Poems, reviewed by Marjorie Perloff

The Los Angeles Review of Books has put up a special feature on Andrei Codrescu, which includes an interview, a sampling of poems, and a sharp review of his career-spanning new book, So Recently Rent a World : New and Selected Poems: 1968-2012, by Marjorie … Continue reading

Posted in Andrei Codrescu, Anne Waldman, Book Review, Books, Marjorie Perloff, Poems, Ron Padgett, Ted Berrigan

The Day Frank Died: Elegies for Frank O’Hara

Yesterday marked the 47th anniversary of Frank O’Hara’s tragic death at the age of 40 on July 25, 1966.  To mark the occasion, the New Republic posted a brief tribute to O’Hara that features two (very different) poems that were … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, David Shapiro, Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler, John Ashbery, Marjorie Perloff, Poems, Ted Berrigan | 1 Comment

Frank O’Hara’s Poems Retrieved Reprinted by City Lights

Great news for fans of Frank O’Hara — the long out-of-print yet essential volume of O’Hara’s work, Poems Retrieved, has just been reissued by City Lights.  Hopefully this means we will soon be seeing sparkling new editions of Standing Still and … Continue reading

Posted in Bill Berkson, Books, Frank O'Hara, Marjorie Perloff, Thurston Moore