James Schuyler was a novelist and poet whose book The Morning of the Poem won the Pulitzer Prize in 1980. A member of the New York School of Poets, Schuyler was close friends with Frank O'Hara and John Ashbery, with whom he shared a Manhattan apartment and frequently collaborated during the 1950s. His other major works include The Crystal Lithium, Freely Espousing, and the novels Alfred and Guinevere and What's For Dinner?
"Tomorrow is St. Valentine’s:tomorrow I’ll think aboutthat. Always nervous, evenafter a good sleep I’d liketo climb back into. The sunfallen snow and yesterevenshines on yesterday’s new-it turned the world to pinkand rose and steel-bluebuildings. Helene is restless:leaving soon. And what thenwill I do with myself? Some-one is watching morningTV. I’m not reduced to thatyet. I wish one could presssnowflakes in a book like flowers."
– “February 13, 1975″ from The Morning of the Poem
ARTICLES FEATURING JAMES
Poets who don’t want their unpublished poems to see the light of day should — as Auden did -- take to burning them....