Tomaž Šalamun (1941-2014) and the New York School

…another poet to add to your reading list. Click the link below for an interesting post on Slovenian poet Tomaz Salamun:

Locus Solus: The New York School of Poets

Sad news spread through the poetry world  yesterday that the great Slovenian poet Tomaž Šalamun has passed away at the age of 73.

Playful, irreverent, and exuberant, Šalamun’s poetry was deeply influenced by Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, Ted Berrigan, and other poets of the New York School.  In fact, his work stands as a powerful example of the perhaps unlikely, but profound, impact the New York School aesthetic has had on Eastern European poetry.

In his excellent introduction to The Selected Poems of Tomaž Šalamun, Robert Hass explains how Šalamun encountered the New York poets.  Born in Zagreb in 1941, in what was then Yugoslavia, Šalamun studied art history at the University of Ljubljana, began to exhibit his work as an artist, and also discovered poetry.  Hass writes:

The summer of 1970 brought him to New York City for an international show by performance artists at the Museum of Modern Art. He returned to…

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