City Hermit: The Style of Allen Ginsberg

December 12, 2018

City Hermit: The Style Of Allen Ginsberg

Beat: a word used to describe a group of people, mostly poets, who had in common a general rebellion against…

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Delight in Disorder

October 19, 2015

Delight In Disorder

by Robert Herrick (1591–1674) A sweet disorder in the dress Kindles in clothes a wantonness. A lawn about the shoulders thrown…

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I like Americans

March 25, 2015

I Like Americans

I like Americans… They are the only men in the world, the sight of whom in their shirt-sleeves is not…

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Frank O’Hara: poet, critic, New Yorker, OCBD wearer.

September 7, 2014

Frank O’Hara: Poet, Critic, New Yorker, OCBD Wearer.

Frank O’Hara: poet, critic, New Yorker, OCBD wearer. His poem [THE CLOUDS GO SOFT] also appears in a Jasper Johns…

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“Morning Song of Senlin” by Conrad Aiken (1889-1973)

April 10, 2014

“Morning Song Of Senlin” By Conrad Aiken (1889-1973)

It is morning, Senlin says, and in the morning When the light drips through the shutters like the dew, I arise, I…

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January 16, 2014


John hadGreat BigWaterproof Boots on;John had aGreat BigWaterproofHat;John had aGreat Big WaterproofMackintosh–And that(Said John)IsThat. -A.A. Milne

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Ode to a Man in Dress Clothes

July 17, 2013

Ode To A Man In Dress Clothes

“Ode to a Man in Dress Clothes” by Gretchen Marquette, via this month’s Harper’s. (Thank you, Stefan)

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Danse Russe

February 15, 2013

Danse Russe

On my public radio show Bullseye, we close every episode with an essay by me that recommends some piece of…

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William Carlos Williams, "Danse Russe"

August 18, 2011

William Carlos Williams, “Danse Russe”

If when my wife is sleepingand the baby and Kathleenare sleepingand the sun is a flame-white discin silken mistsabove shining…

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Maru Mori brought me

June 6, 2010

Maru Mori Brought Me

Maru Mori brought me a pair of socks which she knitted herself with her sheep-herder’s hands, two socks as soft…

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Shirt by Robert Pinsky

March 18, 2010

Shirt By Robert Pinsky Shirt by Robert Pinsky (via The Sunday Best) The back, the yoke, the yardage. Lapped seams,The nearly invisible stitches…

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