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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Published August 4, 2003
by Carcanet Press Ltd.
Literature & Fiction.