Don't Ever Get Famous: Essays on New York Writing after the New York School

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"Kane's volume is the first to tackle the period in New York's downtown literary history most closely tied to the group of poets known as the 'Second Generation New York School' . . . [It] is a must-have for historians of American poetry in the 20th century."—Publishers Weekly.
In Don't Ever Get Famous, a range of writers and scholars examine the cultural, sociological, and historical contexts of this wildly diverse group of writers. These poets, many of whom are still writing today, changed American poetry ...

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Overview

"Kane's volume is the first to tackle the period in New York's downtown literary history most closely tied to the group of poets known as the 'Second Generation New York School' . . . [It] is a must-have for historians of American poetry in the 20th century."—Publishers Weekly.
In Don't Ever Get Famous, a range of writers and scholars examine the cultural, sociological, and historical contexts of this wildly diverse group of writers. These poets, many of whom are still writing today, changed American poetry forever, and this book provides the first large-scale consideration of their work.
The essays in this book focus attention on the vibrant New York poetry scene of the 1960s and '70s, on the poets who came after what is now known as the New York School. Bernadette Mayer, Hannah Weiner, Clark Coolidge, Anne Waldman, and Ron Padgett are just some of the poets who extended the line that John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Koch, and James Schuyler started.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564784605
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Series: Dalkey Archive Scholarly Series
  • Pages: 399
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Kane is Lecturer in American Studies at the University of East Anglia. His books include All Poets Welcome: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene in the 1960s (University of California Press, 2003) and What is Poetry: Conversations with the American Avant-Garde (Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 2003).

His poems have been published in numerous journals including Fence, The Hat, Exquisite Corpse, TriQuarterly, and Denver Quarterly.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
"Against the Speech of Friends": Amiri Baraka Sings the "White Friend Blues"     3
Deep Image     29
"As Radical As Society Demands the Truth to Be": Umbra's Racial Politics and Poetics     50
"The New York School is a Joke": The Disruptive Poetics of C: A Journal of Poetry     74
Angel Hair Magazine, The Second-Generation New York School, and The Poetics of Sociability     90
Poetics of Adjacency: 0-9 and the Conceptual Writing of Bernadette Mayer & Hannah Weiner     122
Faulting Description: Clark Coolidge, Bernadette Mayer and the Site of Scientific Authority     151
Anne Waldman: Standing Corporeally in One's Time     173
"Fucking / me across the decades like we / poets like": Embodied Poetic Transmission     195
"A generous time": Lee Harwood in New York     215
Spring in This World of Mad Angels: The Poetry of Joseph Ceravolo     242
"Everyone you've ever been with for a moment": The poetry of Lewis Warsh     265
The Pleasures of Elusiveness: What Is In and Around Ron Padgett's Poetry     288
Charles North's Adventures in Poetry     303
The Other Poet: Wieners, O'Hara, Olson     317
Notes     349
Contributors     385
Index     389
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