New York School poet and playwright remembered for such works as The Art of Love, Sleeping with Women, and Permanently. His later works include Seasons on Earth, One Train, and Straits.
He attended Harvard University and Columbia University.
He was a popular poetry professor at Columbia University for more than forty years.
He married Janice Elwood, with whom he had a daughter, Katherine. Following Elwood's death, he married Karen Culler.
He and Frank O'Hara were both members of the New York School, a cosmopolitan, exuberant literary movement that broke with the introspective poetic mold of the time.