Category Archives: NY School Influence

Frederick Seidel and an Unmade Movie about Frank O’Hara

In the Guardian’s new interview with the polarizing poet Frederick Seidel, one exchange caught my eye.  Prompted by a recent review of Seidel by Dan Chiasson in the New Yorker — which had argued that “at his best, Seidel reminds me of a poet who … Continue reading

Posted in David Salle, Frank O'Hara, Frederick Seidel, Interview, NY School Influence, Sylvia Plath, Uncategorized

Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore Talks Poetry with Daniel Kane

The musician Thurston Moore — one of the founders of the groundbreaking experimental rock band Sonic Youth — has deep and long-standing ties to the New York School of poets, and to avant-garde poetics more broadly.  After all, he did recently record a song called “Frank O’Hara … Continue reading

Posted in Bernadette Mayer, Bruce Andrews, Charles Bernstein, Clark Coolidge, Dan Graham, Frank O'Hara, Interview, John Ashbery, Music, NY School Influence, Patti Smith, Poetry Project at St. Marks, Richard Hell, Ted Berrigan, Thurston Moore, Vito Acconci

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

Garth Risk Hallberg and the Formative Influence of Frank O’Hara and the New York School

The literary world has been abuzz recently over the publication of City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg’s massive new novel about New York City in the 1970s.  The 36-year old Hallberg received a jaw-dropping $2 million advance for the book (his first … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery, Lou Reed, New York, NY School Influence, Patti Smith, Velvet Underground

“To the Memory of Joe Brainard”: Kent Johnson’s I Once Met

“To the memory of Joe Brainard” reads the dedication to Kent Johnson‘s new book, I Once Met: A Partial Memoir of the Poetry Field.  A revised and expanded version of a limited-edition chapbook of the same title that Johnson published in 2007, the book … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Joe Brainard, John Ashbery, Kent Johnson, NY School Influence, Philip Whalen, Ron Padgett

The Finale of Mad Men and Frank O’Hara: A Theory

  Yesterday, I pondered whether there might have been a sly nod to Frank O’Hara’s “Having a Coke with You” in the final moments of the Mad Men finale.  Now, on further reflection, I think there may have been even more … Continue reading

Posted in Frank O'Hara, Mad Men, NY School Influence, Television

Having a Coke with Don Draper and Frank O’Hara

The breathlessly-awaited series finale of the television show Mad Men aired this week, and the web has been teeming with recaps and commentary, especially on the significance of the show’s enigmatic final moments. (Warning: spoilers ahead). The endlessly dissected conclusion of … Continue reading

Posted in Frank O'Hara, Mad Men, NY School Influence, Television