James Schuyler: Centenary year celebrations

A black and white photo of poet James Schuyler standing on the balcony of his room at the Chelsea Hotel, New York City

Open call for guest blog posts celebrating the life and work of James Schuyler

This November, we celebrate the centenary of the birth of James Schuyler. As readers of this blog will know, he has become something of a go-to poet for me. And while I know I am not alone in being a fan of his work, I somehow feel that he is not as fêted as his illustrious friends in the New York school, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, and Frank O’Hara. Leaving the scientific veracity of this to one side, a centenary is still worth celebrating, no?

This is, therefore, an open call to anyone who would like to write a guest blog post celebrating his life and work. Jacket 2 did a splendid special feature on Schuyler a few years ago, and this might be a good place to start in your search for inspiration in writing about him.

What am I looking for? Close readings of and responses to poems; readings of his prose, including his art criticism, the novel he coauthored with John Ashbery, his diaries; reappraisals of his work in the context of his aforementioned friends, including the New York poets that followed him; readings of his long poems; readings of his short poems; how he wrote about friendship, love, art, other poets; his elegies; his writing about the natural world. You will not run out of things to say.

If this idea grabs you like ‘a kiss on the nape of a neck’, please get in touch with me via the contact pages on this blog. You can email me at the address there or use the contact form. Please write a short (50 words max), plain English summary of what you want to write about Schuyler and why.

I am really looking forward to reading your work. Let’s celebrate this great poet in style!

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