James Schuyler (1211 words)

Rodney Phillips (University of Arizona)
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I find James (I pass from the nostalgic, personal Jimmy to the poetic and eternal James) Schuyler's poetry honest in a way that poetry rarely is. But what can I mean by honest, for a work of art? Maybe honesty is partly and impression I get from richness and smartness and inclusiveness and speed. It seems honestly true and is honestly exciting. It promotes laughing and crying. (Kenneth Koch, “James Schuyler, Very Briefly” 1990)

On November 15, 1988, a week after his 65th birthday, poet James Schuyler gave his first public reading at the Dia Foundation on Mercer Street in New York City. By all accounts, he was a sensation and was described by the novelist Vincent Virga as “Kingly, …

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Phillips, Rodney. "James Schuyler". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 May 2005
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