Meditations in an Emergency

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Grove Press, 1967 - Poetry - 52 pages
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Frank O'Hara was one of the great poets of the twentieth century and, along with such widely acclaimed writers as Denise Levertov, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Gary Snyder, a crucial contributor to what Donald Allen termed the New American Poetry, ?which, by its vitality alone, became the dominant force in the American poetic tradition.”

Frank O'Hara was born in Baltimore in 1926 and grew up in New England; from 1951 he lived and worked in New York, both for Art News and for the Museum of Modern Art, where he was an associate curator. O'Hara's untimely death in 1966 at the age of forty was, in the words of fellow poet John Ashbery, ?the biggest secret loss to American poetry since John Wheelwright was killed.” This collection is a reissue of a volume first published by Grove Press in 1957, and it demonstrates beautifully the flawless rhythm underlying O'Hara's conviction that to write poetry, indeed to live, ?you just go on your nerve.”
 

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User Review  - Sovranty - LibraryThing

Interesting. Thought-provoking. Different for its time. However, it remains poetry. If you enjoy poetry for what it is, you will enjoy this collection. If you understand poetry, you will get much more for it. Read full review

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User Review  - dawnpen - LibraryThing

Hello Frank. You are to me in that you are far away. I like that about you. One day I will be able to get your references without my internet but I'll probably have to move back to brooklyn. But hell ... Read full review

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Contents

To the Harbormaster
1
The eager note on my door
2
To the Film Industry in Crisis
3
At night Chinamen jump
6
Blocks
7
Les Etiquettes jaunes
9
Aus einem April
10
River
11
Jane Awake
26
A Mexican Guitar
28
Chez Jane
29
Two Variations
30
Ode
31
Invincibility
33
Poem in January
36
Meditations in an Emergency
38

There I could never be a boy
12
On Rachmaninoffs Birthday
14
The Hunter
15
For Grace After a Party
17
On Looking at La Grande Jatte the Czar Wept Anew
18
Romanze or The Music Students
20
The ThreePenny Opera
22
A Terrestrial Cuckoo
24
For James Dean
41
Sleeping on the Wing
44
Radio
46
Washington Crossing the Delaware at the Museum of Modern Art
47
For Janice and Kenneth to Voyage
49
Mayakovsky
50
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About the author (1967)

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. The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara edited by Donald Allen (Knopf, 1971), the first of several posthumous collections, shared the 1972 National Book Award for Poetry.

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