Table of Contents:
  • Situating the avant-garde in postwar America: community, individualism, and Cold War culture
  • Emerson, pragmatism, and the "new American poetry"
  • "my force is in mobility": selfhood and friendship in Frank O'Hara's poetry
  • Growing up with our brothers all around: John Ashbery and the interpersonal
  • Amiri Baraka and the poetics of turning away
  • "Against the speech of friends": Baraka's white friend blues
  • "A rainy wool Frankie and Johnny": O'Hara, Ashbery, and the paradoxes of friendship.