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January 02, 2020


David Shapiro is one of the greatest American poets living. One of the few remaining from the days of the original NY School. He knew Frank O'Hara intimately, also Koch and Schuyler. Barbara Guest. And on. His genius work is totally underappreciated and in coming years sure to be seen as treasure of U.S. poetry. I call it here. Not that others haven't.

Hello? Where is everyone sleeping, when it comes to David Shapiro? Sleeping on the wing, as it were.

David Shapiro has long been the conscience of the New York School of poets. He has written its history through his playful, elegiac poems and spirited art criticism. Now in his 70s, Shapiro, like his mentor and equal John Ashbery, is entering a period in his career when we should listen not for bright chords of his youth but the aching, mysterious music of his best work to come.

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"Lively and affectionate" Publishers Weekly


I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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