Selected Poems by Frank O'Hara

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For O'Hara a poem was most of all a performance, the declaration of a moment, rather than a display of craft or control.
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This "Selected Poems" presents British readers with one of the most delightful and radical American poets of the 20th century. Frank O'Hara influenced a generation of writers. Breaking with the academic traditions which dominated 1950s poetry, his best poems evince what John Ashbery calls an "instantaneous quality" - unpremeditated freshness, surpise and truth to the observations, loves, friendships or dreams which occasioned them. Autobiography, not confession: Ashbery recalls his "concept of the poem as a chronicle of the creative act which produced it", a poetry new in kind, analogous in approach to painters such as Pollock, Kline and de Kooning, O'Hara's poetry is enriched by his experience of music, painting, sculpture and dance - vibrant snapshots of the life of his city (New York), of imagination and the heart.
 

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Frank O'Hara 1926-1966 Poet Frank O'Hara was born in Baltimore, MD and raised in Massachusetts. He served in the Navy and then studied at Harvard and the University of Michigan. From 1952 to 1966, O'Hara was on the staff at the Museum of Modern Art. He was a critic and a playwright and stayed active in the art scene. O'Hara published six books of poetry from 1952 until his death. Frank O'Hara died in 1966 when he was run down by a dune buggy on Fire Island.
 
Published August 4, 2003 by Carcanet Press Ltd.
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Charles Bainbridge on Mar 09 2012

For O'Hara a poem was most of all a performance, the declaration of a moment, rather than a display of craft or control.

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