John Ashbery has written of Tony Towle's poetry as "one of the New York School's
best-kept secrets." Towle's memoirs take the form of
fast-paced prose recollections of odd events and sometimes-odder
characters that shaped and structured his first days as a poet during
the early years of the New York School 'before anyone was
famous.' Towle traces his initiation into poetry and the downtown
art world, relating his thrills, frustrations and peculiarly memorable
interactions with a number of live-wire figures key to his own
development, including Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Koch, Frank Lima, Ted Berrigan,
and many others.
"Over the past few decades, Tony Towle has displayed both mild and severe symptoms
of an enchanting form of verbal insanity ... The voice is unmistakably Towle's -- smart
and sly, sure to disarm and delight." -- Billy Collins, on Tony Towle's Selected Poems, The History of the Invitation.
Faux Press, 2001, 104 pages, $12.50
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