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 about that. Always nervous, even after a good sleep I’d like to climb back into. The sun fallen snow and yestereven shines on yesterday’s new- it turned the world to pink and rose and steel-blue buildings. Helene is restless: leaving soon. And what then will I do with myself? Some- one is watching morning TV. I’m not reduced to that yet. I wish one could press snowflakes in a book like flowers."
– “February 13, 1975″ from The Morning of the Poem