The New York School: Second and Third Generations

Best and Company picnic. Photograph by L. Fagin taken at the Staten Island Ballfield, Easter Sunday, 1968. …

“Some of the great New York–based magazines were ‘C,’ Fuck You/ a magazine of the arts, Mother, Angel Hair, The World, 0 to 9, Lines, and Adventures in Poetry, all born in the turbulent literary and social atmosphere of the East Village in the 1960s. Ed Sanders came from Kansas to study classics at NYU. Poet, editor, publisher, bookstore owner (Peace Eye), singer/songwriter (founding member of the Fugs), political activist, and relentless archivist, Sanders founded Fuck You/ a magazine of the arts in 1962. Unabashed and unashamed on every front, Fuck You reveled in an attitude best described by William Blake 150 years before: ‘Energy is eternal delight.’ Fuck You published the likes of Charles Olson, Lenore Kandel, Carol Bergé, Ted Berrigan, Tuli Kupferberg, W. H. Auden, and Ezra Pound. The energy and ethos of the magazine is vividly expressed in the following statement: ‘Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts is edited, published, zapped, designed, freaked, groped, stomped, & ejaculated by Ed Sanders at a secret location in the lower east side, New York City, U.S.A.’ Almost sixty years later, it is still completely original and a total delight. Mother was edited by several different poets, including David Moberg, Jeff Giles, Peter Schjeldahl, Lewis MacAdams, and Duncan McNaughton, from such diverse locations as Northfield, Minnesota; Galesburg, Illinois; New York City; and Buffalo, New York. Yet it was always associated with the New York School and published work by such poets as John Ashbery, Bernadette Mayer, Ed Sanders, John Wieners, Tony Towle, Kenneth Koch, and Joe Ceravolo, and artwork by Les Levine, Andy Warhol, and Joe Brainard, among others. Issue 7 included the infamous interview with John Cage conducted by Ted Berrigan. Actually, Berrigan was responsible for both questions and answers, most of which were appropriated from other sources, a circumstance that caused some embarrassment when the interview was honored with a cash award from The National Literary Anthology. … Among the other early mimeograph publications of the East Village were several collaborations: Some Things (a collaboration late in 1963 between Berrigan, Padgett, and Brainard) and Seventeen (plays by Ted Berrigan and Ron Padgett, and by the two in collaboration, 1964). In the early years, Berrigan and Padgett were the best of friends, and their combined talents were crucial ingredients in the emerging scene. …”
From a Secret Location
An Introduction to the New York School of Poets (Barbara Guest, John Ashbery, Fairfield Porter, etc.)
W – New York School (art)


Tom Clark, Toad Poems, 1967

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1 Response to The New York School: Second and Third Generations

  1. nitielouise says:

    I am appreciating your posts which create such a vivid history of the time. I’m very aware in this post that women are an afterthought, and that the Feminist Second Wave was yet to come.
    Thank you Bill.

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