Category Archives: NY School Influence

Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore Pays Tribute to Ted Berrigan

In a recent interview, the musician Thurston Moore, founder of the groundbreaking experimental rock band Sonic Youth, was asked “who he would choose to spend an hour with if he could, dead or alive,” and his answer was Ted Berrigan, … Continue reading

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Happy “Midwinter Day” Day!

On December 22, 1978, Bernadette Mayer wrote her groundbreaking, book-length poem, Midwinter Day. In recent years, poets and readers and Mayer fans have gathered to mark the occasion by reading from the book. As Mayer herself told Fanny Howe in a … Continue reading

Posted in Anne Waldman, Bernadette Mayer, Brenda Coultas, Charles Olson, Claudia Rankine, Eileen Myles, Ezra Pound, Frank O'Hara, Hoa Nguyen, James Joyce, Lee Ann Brown, Lewis Warsh, Maggie Nelson, NY School Influence, Vincent Katz, William Carlos Williams | Leave a comment

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

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Roundup of Recent “New York School of Poetry” News and Links (4/4/21)

I know it has been awfully quiet around here at Locus Solus over the past few months. A combination of pandemic craziness and being in the last stages of a long-term project has resulted in my needing to take a … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Alice Notley, Barbara Guest, Diane Di Prima, Dick Gallup, Frank O'Hara, Grace Hartigan, Harry Mathews, Helen Frankenthaler, In Memoriam, Influences on the NY School, James Schuyler, Joe Brainard, John Ashbery, John Cage, John Wieners, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Lewis Warsh, Marisol, Max Jacob, Music, NY School Influence, Ron Padgett, Roundup, Ted Berrigan, Visual Art | 4 Comments

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

Sea Wolf’s “Frank O’Hara,” a Tribute to the Poet of Indie Rock

  Indie rock’s love affair with Frank O’Hara continues apace.  As I’ve noted before on this blog, O’Hara seems to haunt the history and present of popular music, leading one observer to ask: ‘When did Frank O’Hara become the poet … Continue reading

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Frank O’Hara as a Liberating Force in Garth Greenwell’s “Cleanness”

Garth Greenwell’s new book of fiction, Cleanness, has been greeted with rave reviews over the past couple of weeks.  Narrated by a middle-aged American poet living and teaching in Sofia, Bulgaria, the book reflects Greenwell’s own background as a poet … Continue reading

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Frank O’Hara, Zadie Smith, Sally Rooney – O’Hara’s Presence in Contemporary British and Irish Fiction

  Fiction writers from the UK and Ireland seem to be having a Frank O’Hara moment. I wrote about this trend a couple years ago, after noticing that the titles of two books by young British women — Emma Jane … Continue reading

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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

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Frank O’Hara and Indie Punk (Having a Coke with Martha)

Longtime readers of this blog probably know I’m always on the lookout for moments when Frank O’Hara or other poets of the New York School pop up in the world of music.  O’Hara, especially, continues to haunt the history and … Continue reading

Posted in Frank O'Hara, Grace Hartigan, Lou Reed, Music, NY School Influence, Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Visual Art | 1 Comment