Monday, April 23, 2012

CONTEMPORARY LIT Recipe for the New York Poem

Recipe for writing a New York School poem (mainly associated with Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Koch, & co.)
Read all poems and biographical information on Frank O'Hara,  as well as this piece on NY School painters and poets.

H--04/26  Come to class and be sure you sign the roll sheet that Nanette will have for you.
After she announces it, go to any of the galleries and use a piece (title, images, etc.) to help you write a poem in this style. Remember, it can be about NY but the NY school is more about an attitude, a set of  particulars.

This is your writing assignment (below) follow as many of the "rules" as possible (at least 90%). You can skip any that offend you or make you uncomfortable. Somewhere in the piece include the painting or piece of art that you found in a gallery or over at the museum.  (The buildings are full of great stuff right now--all through campus.)
Recipe for writing a New York School poem (mainly associated with Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Koch, & co.)
Other NY school poets include: James Schuyler, Bernadette Mayer, Charles Bernstein, and Dorothea Lasky—a heterodox selection, Eileen Myles, Schuyler, Robert Creeley, and Ron Padgett via PennSound).

Students are encouraged to use as many of the following "ingredients" as possible:

1. at least one addressee (to which you may or may not wish to dedicate your poem)
2. use of specific place names and dates (time, day, month, year)--especially the names of places in and around New York City
3. prolific use of proper names
4. at least one reminiscence, aside, digression, or anecdote
5. one or more quotations, especially from things people have said in conversation or through the media
6.a moment where you call into question at least one thing you have said or proposed throughout your poem so far
7.something that sounds amazing even if it doesn’t make any sense to you
8.pop cultural references
9.consumer goods/services
10.mention of natural phenomena (in which natural phenomena do not appear ‘natural’)
11.slang/colloquialism/vernacular/profanities least one celebrity least one question directed at the addressee/imagined reader
14.reference to sex or use of sexual innuendo
15.the words “life” and “death” least one exclamation/declaration of love
17.references to fine art, theater, music, or film
18.mention of genitals and body parts items
20.drug references (legal or illegal)
22.mention of sleep or dreaming
23.use of ironic overtones

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