Category Archives: Poems

On Frank O’Hara’s “To the Harbormaster” and Larry Rivers

The Paris Review posted this 2011 piece by Olivia Cole again today: it’s a brief look at the relationship between Frank O’Hara and Larry Rivers, and the beautiful poem “To the Harbormaster” that O’Hara wrote about Rivers.  It begins: Lately I’ve been … Continue reading

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Frank O’Hara Reading his Poem “September 14th, 1959 (Moon)”

Here’s a poem Frank O’Hara wrote on this date in 1959: September 14, 1959 (Moon) Serenity lopes along like exhaustion only windier and silver-eyed where fragments of distress in hunks lay like the plaster in the bedroom when the bed fell … Continue reading

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“Labor Day” by James Schuyler

A day late, but here’s James Schuyler’s poem “Labor Day”: Labor Day Not what I think or see (I can’t: sun in my eyes) or remember, or will be – what do I know of that? – or never knew or … Continue reading

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James Schuyler, “May 24th or So”

Here, because it’s May 24th or so, is a poem by James Schuyler:    

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For Jasper Johns’ Birthday: Frank O’Hara’s “Dear Jap”

Today is the 85th birthday of the painter Jasper Johns.  In honor of that occasion, here is “Dear Jap,” poem Frank O’Hara wrote in 1963 for his friend Johns (who O’Hara called by his nickname, Jap). And here is Jasper … Continue reading

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“The Whitney Museum / was still on 8th Street”: Kenneth Koch and ever-changing New York

                           There’s been a lot of discussion and praise for the opening of the Whitney Museum in its new home today in the Meatpacking District, in a building designed by the … Continue reading

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Ocean Vuong (and Roger Reeves) after Frank O’Hara

This week’s New Yorker features a lovely poem by the young Vietnamese-born poet Ocean Vuong with the striking title “Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong,” followed by the words “After  Frank O’Hara / After Roger Reeves.” Given my own preoccupations, this note piqued my … Continue reading

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“Rejoice Docently”: A New John Ashbery Poem, Plus His Own Commentary

As part of its Poem-a-Day feature, the Academy of American Poets posted a new poem titled “Honestly” by John Ashbery today.  Here’s the last stanza of the short poem, which sets up a typically Ashberyean contrast between an unknowable, elusive past and … Continue reading

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A Lost Poem by Kenneth Koch

The current issue of Poetry magazine has a great special feature devoted to a newly-discovered, unfinished poem by Kenneth Koch.  In a brief accompanying essay, Kate Farrell, who lived with Koch for several years in the 1970s and edited several books with … Continue reading

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John Ashbery’s “Poem at the New Year”

A year ago today, I posted James Schuyler’s “Empathy and New Year.”  I thought I’d keep up the tradition with another New Year poem.  Here’s John Ashbery’s “Poem at the New Year,” which appeared in Hotel Lautréamont in 1992.  It begins with … Continue reading

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