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Mountainous: Kent Johnson’s ‘Into the Heat-Forged Air’ July 10, 2013: At the New York School Poets blog: Andrew Epstein responds to David Gorin's essay at the Boston Review on Dana Ward with a follow-up note that Kent Johnson also had a take on Ashbery's "Into the Dusk-Charged Air": Here’s another interesting example of the afterlife of that particular poem that might be of interest: Kent Johnson‘s [...] by

Google Glass and the John Ashbery Effect June 19, 2013: Thanks to the New York School Poets (blog) we found this article by Virginia Heffernan about trying Google Glass and the experience's relationship to poetry. In order to be one of the first to try Google Glass, Heffernan wrote a proposal to Google explaining that she would explore the poetry and grief of the technorati's newest accessory. [...] by

John Ashbery’s ‘The Skaters’ Now in a Critical and Genetic Digital Edition June 7, 2013: [caption id="attachment_68732" align="alignright" width="500"] Original typescript to "The Skaters," page 1.[/caption] There are many people to thank for bringing out this landmark edition of Ashbery's seminal poem "The Skaters" from his 1966 title Rivers and Mountains. We caught wind of it yesterday through Jacket2. What's in the package? [...] by

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

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

Writing Poetry about Art April 12, 2013: I’m a member of the tribe who likes to write poetry about art. The first moment of ekphrastic poetry we have comes from Homer when he halts the battle action in The Illiad to describe the stunning Shield of Achilles. The most well-known ekphrastic poem is of course Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” in which he uses the fabulously-named term, [...] 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

Bothered by Beauty April 1, 2013: One of the poems I like to return to is John Ashbery’s “And Ut Pictura Poesis Is Her Name” from Houseboat Days (one of my favorite book titles). He begins: You can’t say it that way any more. Bothered about beauty you have to Come out into the open, into a clearing, And rest. Often bothered by beauty, I was recently rereading [...] by

Flaunt Magazine: ‘All Poetry Is Poems’ March 14, 2013: The folks at fashioncentric Flaunt magazine have devoted a recent Au Contraire section to poetry. 18 pages of John Ashbery, Fiona Banner, Caroline Bergvall, Derek Beaulieu, Erica Baum, Kenneth Goldsmith, Christian Bök, and Alexander Grant, to be exact. Who knew Flaunt was interested in poetry, let alone innovative and emerging conceptual [...] by