Reading: Locus Solus: The New York School Poets’ Missing Manifesto

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Locus Solus: The New York School Poets’ Missing Manifesto

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Evelyn Austin

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Although the New York School of poetry is at its core a literary coterie, critics have been hesitant to consider the New York School an organized group. An exploration of Locus Solus, a literary journal edited by John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Frank O’Hara, Harry Mathews, and James Schuyler, however, reveals that the poets were most definitely concerned with presenting themselves as a joint force in American poetry. Through close reading and archival research, I untangle the poets’ instrumentalization of Locus Solus as an elaborate manifesto, exposing how the first three volumes were used to present the New York School poets and poetics, trace a poetic lineage, and put forward a succeeding generation.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/ts.301
How to Cite: Austin, E., (2014). Locus Solus: The New York School Poets’ Missing Manifesto. Tijdschrift voor Tijdschriftstudies. (35), pp.23–36. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/ts.301
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Published on 10 Jul 2014.
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