Category Archives: Vladimir Mayakovsky

Falling in Love with Frank O’Hara (via Instagram)

The writer Sinead Stubbins has a charming article in the Guardian today about how she, like so many others, came to fall in love with the poetry of Frank O’Hara.  The piece also suggests the new, digital byways that lead people … Continue reading

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Frank Lima’s Ode to the New York School of Poets

The poet Frank Lima, who passed away in 2013, was an important yet undersung member of the New York School of poetry’s second generation.  Although he was close with Frank O’Hara, Kenneth Koch, David Shapiro, and many other poets of the first and … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Beats, David Shapiro, Frank Lima, Frank O'Hara, Guillaume Apollinaire, Joe LeSueur, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Wallace Stevens, Walt Whitman | 1 Comment

Resurrecting Mayakovsky

In the TLS, Clare Cavanagh has an excellent and informative review of the new biography of the Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky by Bengt Jangfeldt (which I also wrote about a few months ago).  Mayakovsky, of course, is one of the towering avant-garde heroes in the New York … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Book Review, Boris Pasternak, Frank O'Hara, Influences on the NY School, Kenneth Koch, Vladimir Mayakovsky

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, Boris Pasternak, Frank O'Hara, Influences on the NY School, James Schuyler, Marjorie Perloff, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Willem de Kooning

Kent Johnson’s A Question Mark Above the Sun: Another Look

Back in July, I wrote about the wealth of elegies for Frank O’Hara which appeared after his tragic death in 1966, written by many of his friends, including Allen Ginsberg, David Shapiro, and James Schuyler. At the time, I didn’t mention the … Continue reading

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The New York School’s Influence and the Case of Matthew Dickman

Nowadays, the New York School’s influence can be found all over contemporary poetry, for better or worse.  If you’re interested in the “worse” side of the argument, Tony Hoagland made that case a couple of years ago in a piece … Continue reading

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