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Selected Poems

Frank O'Hara

Edited by Donald Allen

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ISBN: 978 0 856359 39 2
Categories: 20th Century, American, Bestsellers, LGBTQ+
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: October 1996
217 x 182 x 14 mm
256 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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    Let's take a walk, you
    and I in spite of the
    weather if it rains hard
                         on our toes

    we'll stroll like poodles
    and be washed down a
    gigantic scenic gutter
                         that will be

    exciting! voyages are not
    all like this you just put
    your toes together then
                         maybe blood

    will get meaning and a trick
    become slight in our keeping
    before we sail the open sea it's
                         possible--

    And the landscape will do
    us some strange favour when
    we look back at each other
                         anxiously

    Frank O'Hara, one of the most delightful and radical poets of the century, has influenced a generation of writers.

    With his unpremeditated, fresh style, his observations and his autobiographical - not confessional - poetry, he broke with the academic traditions of the 1950s and became the life of soul of New York school of poets, depicting a city of 'jazz, good painting and black-and-white movies'.

    For this volume Donald Allen has selected some of the finest work of Frank O'Hara (1926-66). Offbeat, vivid and spontaneous, O'Hara's poetry broke with the dry orthodoxy of the current trend to create a fluid poetry, analogous in concept to the paintings of Pollock, Kline and de Kooning. It is, according to John Ashbery, 'a remarkable poetry - both modest and monumental, with something basically usable about it - not only for poets in search of a voice of their own but for the reader who turns to poetry as a last resort in trying to juggle the contradictory components of modern life into something like a liveable space'.

    'Wonderful original poems ... He was an essential contact-man between the worlds of painting and of poetry. And he suggested a rich and fascinating dialogue between them' - Eavan Boland in the Irish Times

    'Personal but not confessional, free but not unconfined ... For me the charm and vivacity of his best poems persist' - C.K.Stead in the London Review of Books
    Donald Allen
    †Donald Merriam Allen was a writer, editor, publisher and translator of contemporary American literature. He is best known for his project The New American Poetry 1945-1960, just one of the anthologies of contemporary American writing he released. ... read more
    '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 '... a remarkable new poetry - both modest and monumental, with something basically usable about it - not only for poets in search of a voice of their own but for the reader who turns to poetry as a last resort in trying to juggle the contradictory components of modern life into something like a liveable space.'
    John Ashbery
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