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Rimbaud and de Kooning

Arriving from always, you’ll go away everywhere. —Rimbaud We are modern. We are so because Rimbaud commanded us to be. —Ashbery It is one of those curious accidents (but are they really accidents?) that I have resumed my de Kooning … Continue reading

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On Reading William Carlos Williams on Christmas Day

It’s Christmas and I don’t have to goIt’s Christmas and I have a place to stay Not writing but readingmy favorite thingPicking my waythrough the delicate mechanismsNot by the clockbut all day to lightly treadSo as not to tramplemy own … Continue reading

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Carl Andre, Poet

Carl Andre is famous for his sculpture but anyone who takes an interest in his work soon discovers that he is a writer as well. One suspects his career could have gone either way. But when the art took off … Continue reading

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On Ashbery’s A Wave

John Ashbery’s A Wave is an itch I would scratch if I could. I am drawn to this book, out of all of Ashbery’s books, time and again, drawn to the very mystery of its attraction. True it does contain the … Continue reading

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Falling in love with a poem

Have you ever? And without being sure why (and half wishing not to know why)? I’m falling in love with a Frank O’Hara poem, untitled (unless you consider “Poem” a title), written circa 1950 when the poet was in his … Continue reading

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William Carlos Williams: the power and the limits of poetry

William Carlos Williams’ The Flower (a petal, colorless) from 1930 is to my mind a quintessential Williams poem (you can read it here if you bear in mind that Williams wrote it in couplets). No one else could have written … Continue reading

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Lou Reed: Power and Glory

Power and Glory—The Situation by Lou Reed I was visited by the Power and the Glory I was visited by a majestic hymn Great bolts of lightning Lighting up the sky Electricity flowing through my veins I was captured by … Continue reading

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