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Edited by Donald Allen
ISBN: 978 1 857547 71 9
Categories: 20th Century, American
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: January 2005
216 x 135 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Hardback
Now that our hero has come back to us
In his white pants and we know his nose
Trembling like a flag under fire,
We see the calm cold river is supporting
Our forces, the beautiful history.
from 'On Seeing Larry Rivers' Washington Crossing
the Delaware at the Museum of Modern Art'
Frank O'Hara (1926-66) is among the most delightful and radical poets of the twentieth century. He is celebrated for his apparently unpremeditated poems, autobiographical and immediate ('any time, any place'). This is not the whole O'Hara: he may have scribbled poems on serviettes, but others he worked on with intense concentration, creating sequences that are inexhaustibly nuanced, full of surprise, heartbreak and laughter. There are analogies between his work and that of the painters he championed, Pollock, Kline and de Kooning among them.
He is resolutely metropolitan, and his metropolis is New York City. He brilliantly captured the pace and rhythms, quandaries and exhilarations, of its mid-twentieth-century life.
'O'Hara's hip, glamorous, freewheeling self-celebrations both reflected and helped disseminate a new kind of confidence and daring in American poetry.' Mark Ford Praise for Frank O'Hara 'Wonderful, original poems... He was an essential contact-man between the worlds of painting and poetry. And he suggested a rich and fascinating dialogue between them.' Eavan Boland
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