Books Acquired Recently: Mostly New York School Edition

I am taking a course on the New York School of poets this semester. Aside from a few books that I already own, these four books are assigned for the class: Ashbery, John. 1985. Selected Poems. New York: Penguin Books, 1986. —. They Knew What They Wanted: Poems & Collages. Edited by Mark Polizzotti. NewContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Mostly New York School Edition”

Books Acquired Recently

Ashbery, John. A Wave: Poems. New York: Viking Press, 1984. I have been reading lots of haiku lately, and I also love the New York School of poets, so when I heard about this collection in which Ashbery includes haiku and haibun (a related form that combines prose with haiku), I decided to order it.Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently: New York School Edition

Ashbery, John. Girls on the Run: A Poem. 1999. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000. Girls on the Run is a poem about the “outsider artist” Henry Darger, who is a figure I have been fascinated by for the past decade or so. I enjoy Ashbery’s work in general, but have read less thanContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: New York School Edition”

Books Acquired Recently: Toronto Edition

I was in Toronto this weekend for the first time since high school. As usual when I travel, I looked up some independent bookstores to visit. I made stops at Ben McNally Books and Type Books (the Queen Street store). Although Type was smaller, it had better selection. McNally was rather disappointing, frankly (and it droveContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Toronto Edition”

Books Acquired Recently: Road Trip Edition

I just got back from a two-week road trip through Pennsylvania and New York to visit some family and friends, and did some book shopping along the way, all at independent bookstores. Here is what I acquired: Ashbery, John. Breezeway. New York: Ecco, 2015. I have always enjoyed Ashbery’s work, and his newest book hasContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Road Trip Edition”

Books Acquired Recently: Strand Edition

Yesterday I once again visited my favorite place in the world, the Strand Bookstore at 12th and Broadway in Manhattan. I was recently remarking to a friend how when I lived within walking distance of the Strand about a decade ago it always seemed like I would go there and there would be a bookContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Strand Edition”

Books Acquired Recently

Kane, Daniel. All Poets Welcome: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene in the 1960s. Berkeley: U of California P, 2003. I am a major fan of the New York School of Poets (John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Frank O’Hara, James Schuyler, et al.) and its descendants. Kane’s book covers both groups, so I bought it to readContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”