The New York School Poets

[A group photo containing some members of the New York School poets. John Ashbery (standing right), Frank O’Hara (seated left), Kenneth Koch (seated right). Frank O’Hara’s loft, 1964. Photograph: Mario Schifano.]

Reading the New York School poets reminds me of what Gabriel Garcia Marquez said about Kafka: 'I didn’t know anyone was allowed to write things like that.'

Read the poem 'What is Poetry' by John Ashbery, and then read this imitative response by a student which humorously spells out the central idea of the poem.