The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara

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University of California Press, 1995 - Poetry - 586 pages
Available for the first time in paperback, The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara reflects the poet's growth as an artist from the earliest dazzling, experimental verses that he began writing in the late 1940s to the years before his accidental death at forty, when his poems became increasingly individual and reflective.
 

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Frank O’Hara Why I Am Not a Painter I am not a painter, I am a poet. Why? I think I would rather be a painter, but I am not. Well, for instance, Mike Goldberg is starting a painting. I drop in. Read full review

Contents

How Roses Get Black
3
th Century Letter
16
Poem God love sun all dear and singular things
29
The Poet in the Attic
36
Poetry
49
A Terrestrial Cuckoo
62
The Tomb of Arnold Schoenberg
69
Blocks
108
Three Airs
298
With Barbara Guest in Paris 31
311
All That Gas
324
At Joans
327
Poem Krushchev is coming on the right day
340
Poem Thats not a cross look its a sign of life
353
An Airplane Whistle After Heine
361
Tonight at the Versailles or Another Card Another Cabaret
375

Hieronymus Bosch
121
Then the weather changed
134
Dolce Colloquio
150
To My Dead Father
160
The Spirit Ink
173
Aus einem April
186
Requiems for a Young Uncle
200
Mayakovsky
201
For Grace After a Party
214
With Barbara at Larrys
227
AixenProvence
236
Hunting Horns
252
Poem Read at Joan Mitchells
265
A Young Poet
278
Song of Ending
279
The light comes on by itself
388
Mary Destis Ass
401
Vincent 2
402
Bills Burnoose
415
Mozart Chemisier
428
Poem Lana Turner has collapsed
449
Captains Courageous
452
Lines for the Fortune Cookies
465
At the Bottom of the Dump Theres Some Sort of Bugle
478
Little Elegy for Antonio Machado
491
Notes on Second Avenue
495
Statement for Paterson Society 51
512
An Image of Leda 3 5
521
Notes on the Essays
558
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About the author (1995)

Frank O'Hara (1926-1966) was a dynamic leader of the "New York School" of poets, a group that included John Ashbery, Barbara Guest, Kenneth Koch, and James Schuyler. The Abstract Expressionist painters in New York City during the 1950s and 1960s used the title, but the poets borrowed it. From the beginning O'Hara's poetry was engaged with the worlds of music, dance, and painting. In that complex of associations he devised an idea of poetic form that allowed the inclusion of many kinds of events, including everyday conversations and notes about New York advertising signs. Since his death in 1966 at age forty, the depth and richness of his achievements as a poet and art critic have been recognized by an international audience. As the painter Alex Katz remarked, "Frank's business was being an active intellectual." His articulate intelligence made new proposals for poetic form possible in American poetry.

Donald Allen (1912-2004) was Director of Grey Fox Press. Among the literary collections he has edited are The Postmoderns, The Poetics of the New American Poetry, and The Selected Poems of Federico García Lorca; he is the translator of Four Plays of Eugène Ionesco.

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