Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Recipe for the NY Poem

You will be writing a New York School poem (mainly associated with Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Koch, & co.) using some of these instructions by   THOM DONOVAN
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).

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’)
12.at least one celebrity
13.at least one question directed at the addressee/imagined reader
14.reference to sex or use of sexual innuendo
15.the words “life” and “death”
16.at least one exclamation/declaration of love
17.references to fine art, theater, music, or film
18.mention of  body parts
19.food items
20.drug references (legal or illegal)
22.mention of sleep or dreaming
23.use of ironic overtones

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