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John Ashbery & Frank O’Hara on Erje Ayden, the Pulp Writer for the New York School May 20, 2013: A truly great feature and the Friday pick at BODY magazine: John Ashbery introduces us to the Turkish writer Erje Ayden, who some of you might know better as the pulp fiction writer behind the New York School. Ayden started out as a spy in Europe in the 1950s and then moved into the downtown New York arts scene, befriending Frank O'Hara and [...] by

Richard O. Moore Returns with Poetry (and Videos!) May 7, 2013: Bay Area poets participated in an amazing reading on Sunday by 93 year-old emerging poet Richard O. Moore (who's no stranger to us here, and here). He's the co-founder of KPFA (first listener-supported radio station in the U.S., 1949), a founding member of KQED-TV (sixth U.S. public station to go on the air, 1954) a filmmaker, and the director [...] by

Notes on Craft and Failure April 26, 2013: The techne of the builder, the craftsperson, the designer, is measurable and finite, at least at a certain basic level that defines minimal competence. One important historical criterion for poetic craft has been facility in metrical control combined with syntactical suppleness. E.g., a Greek ode in quantitative measure: if one foot is [...] by

The Poetry of Our Youth April 25, 2013: Why can’t I hear the music of my youth with objectivity? I really don’t know if The Unforgettable Fire is a great album or not because I loved U2 so ardently in high school that the profound and sticky wistfulness of unfulfilled teenage desire roars back to life at each listening. Of course, many songs I still like from that time I know [...] by

Code Unknown: 23 Things About W. H. Auden April 25, 2013: [caption id="attachment_65785" align="alignright" width="500"] W. H. Auden[/caption] One day, while he and Stephen Spender were students at Oxford, Spender told him that he was thinking of stopping writing poetry. Auden stopped in his tracks, took firm hold of Spender’s arm and said, “You must keep writing poetry, Stephen—we need [...] by

Why Write Sestinas? April 16, 2013: Oh yes, why write sestinas? I like the difficulty of the form: six stanzas with six end-words that have to repeat in a particular rotating pattern (twice in the three-line envoi at the end) like playing ping-pong with six balls and six other players. Sestinas are tricky.  The repetition of the end-words gives you a chance to mull over [...] by

Code Unknown: The Golden Rule April 15, 2013: [caption id="attachment_65074" align="alignright" width="500"] Alex Katz, Edwin and Rudy, cutout, 1968[/caption] All art is collaboration. You collaborate with your culture, your language, your reading …. When Bernadette Mayer says of her writing “It’s as if the language wants to say this,” she acknowledges the proper relation of matter [...] by

2012 Poetry Reads April 4, 2013: As a younger writer / I read a lot of the work by my peers / as well as that written by the few generations prior to mine – much of my post-college reading was of poetry written since the early part of the 20th century. I now read mostly things that I know will sustain me in some way – I’ve been reading and re-reading Japanese poetry / [...] by

Code Unknown: John Ashbery April 3, 2013: In his workshop at the New School for Social Research, when I took it, in 1959, Kenneth Koch read and talked about John Ashbery’s work with his, Kenneth’s, customary sense of modern poetry as made from a play of associations. The surface of a poem was analogous to the expanse of a sensibility’s intensities and diffusions in the course of [...] by

Happy Birthday Frank O’Hara! March 27, 2013: [caption id="attachment_63612" align="alignright" width="500"] “Portrait of Frank O’Hara,” by Fairfield Porter. [/caption] Happy birthday to Frank O'Hara!! The poet would have been 87 today. Here's "My Heart," courtesy of H_NGM_N Books. If you're in New York, keep your eye on the Downtown Literary Festival in April, where events at [...] by