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In Selected Poems, we experience the full range of James Schuyler's achievement, confirming that he was among the late twentieth century's truly vital and distinctive poetic voices. One of the most significant writers of the New York School--which unofficially included John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and Kenneth Koch, among others--Schuyler was strongly influenced by both art...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1988)
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Courtney Johnston
Did you know that James Schuyler went to Italy with Auden as his typist? No? Me neither. He was also 'curator of circulating exhibitions' at MOMA in the late 1950s, and the 1981 Pultizer Prize winner. He wrote Frank O'Hara's elegy, and he died of a stroke in 1991. These are all things I found out after reading this collection - I try not to learn anything about a poet when I am reading them.

Schuyler's poems traverse countryside and cityscape, illness and joy, gossip and intimacy. He spends most,...more
Sep 13, 2008 Paul rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
Morning of the Poem. The Crystal Lithium. Hymn to Life. A Man in Blue. An East Window on Elizabeth Street. Some are long and some are not, but all are endlessly cherishable. And funny. I like funny.

Schuyler was the ultimate loafer and it definitely shows in the poems. But the loafing is just so charming. I've never appreciated a couch potato more in my life. The cover painting is particularly accurate in this case.

In general, I think that the New York School is the greatest poetic movement after...more
Gabriel Oak
Schuyler is one of the key figures of the New York School, though not as well known as Frank O'Hara or John Ashberry. You can definitely see the influence of O'Hara's poetics on Schuyler: a lot of the poems approximate the "I do this, I do that" catalogues of the Lunch Poems. But Schuyler's poems are not as interested in abstraction and speculation as O'Hara, and I count this as a good thing. His long poems are really wonderful, especially "The Morning of the Poem" and "A Few Days."
Mar 30, 2011 Jenny rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenny by: Pepper
Shelves: language, setting
A friend recommended him to me because I was interested in reading more prose poetry and wanted to get some ideas on how to fix my line breaks. Schuyler also hung out with Frank O'Hara (I'm a fan) and the rest of the New York School and I’ve read some of the others but never him. I either rushed through or skipped a good number of his nature poems and New England farmhouse countryside scenes (except the ones about skies and ocean) but did really get into his poems about New York, love, and peopl...more
Superb poet and right in the ground zero of New York Poets via the 50's and 60's. The beautiful moments he captures is quite remarkable. I did a Tosh Talks segment on another collection of his poetry
Boy, I'm glad I read this. Schuyler doesn't seem to be anthologized as much as O'Hara, Ashbery, and Koch are. I don't see why not. "A blue towel" is on my list of all-timers. The long poems were wonderful; I read them all in one sitting. [Well I took a break during "Morning of the Poem" (60 pages):]. <3<3<3<3
cras culture
Interesting, largely personal sometimes humanist images, details and minutia, presumably largely from Schuyler's own direct experience. More-or-less engaging and interesting. Rarely goes for the gut, better seen through rimmed glasses.
I'm unsure as to why FSG chose this instead of the Collected Schuyler, but Ashbery's introduction is enchanting and as true to Jimmy as could be desired. This is still a major collection of poems.
Conversational and insightful, Schuyler is a beauty with an eye for the truth of a thing in its details. Read these now, read them later, read them whenever.
I really don't know why more people don't teach Schuyler. He's also really fun to listen to if you can get ahold of the old recordings (try PENNsound).
Jul 28, 2007 Jenni rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A poet's poet. A breath of fresh air when you get bored of Ashbery. "The Morning of the Poem" is beautiful and damaged, but also incredibly light and funny.
good stuff once he gets away from botany and the changing of the seasons.
perfect accompaniment to the change of seasons
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