Category Archives: Ted Berrigan

The Time John Ashbery Did a “Screen Test” for Andy Warhol

Over the last several weeks since John Ashbery passed away, we have seen a flood of moving tributes, memorials, personal memoirs, and re-assessments, including even some reflections on the poet “in all his hunky glory,” as the title of a surprising … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, Ed Sanders, Gerard Malanga, Joe Brainard, John Ashbery, John Wieners, Lou Reed, Ron Padgett, Ted Berrigan | 1 Comment

For Ted Berrigan’s Birthday: “44th Birthday Evening, at Harris’s”

Ted Berrigan would’ve turned 82 today. Here is one of a number of poems he wrote about, and on, his birthday, November 15: 44th Birthday Evening, at Harris’s Nine stories high Second Avenue On the roof there’s a party All the friends … Continue reading

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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

Nick Sturm on Ted Berrigan as Art Critic

There is a great new essay up at Fanzine about Ted Berrigan’s little-known art writing by one of my (now former) graduate students, the terrific poet and scholar Nick Sturm.  For months, Sturm has been scouring the Berrigan archives, turning up fascinating … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Alice Neel, Alice Notley, Criticism, Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler, Jane Freilicher, John Ashbery, Ted Berrigan, Visual Art

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

Reading Ted Berrigan’s Poetry: Alice, Anselm, and Edmund

This is quite a treat for fans of the Berrigan/Notley family of poets: Don Yorty recently posted some footage of a reading that took place in 2011 at (the amazing) St. Marks Bookstore in New York to celebrate the publication of The Selected Poems of … Continue reading

Posted in Alice Notley, Anselm Berrigan, Edmund Berrigan, Ted Berrigan, Video

Tomaž Šalamun (1941-2014) and the New York School

Sad news spread through the poetry world  yesterday that the great Slovenian poet Tomaž Šalamun has passed away at the age of 73. Playful, irreverent, and exuberant, Šalamun’s poetry was deeply influenced by Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, Ted Berrigan, and other … Continue reading

Posted in Bob Perelman, Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery, NY School Influence, Ted Berrigan, Tomaz Šalamun | 1 Comment