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Digressions on Some Poems by Frank O'Haraby Joe Lesueur
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An unprecedented eyewitness account of the New York School, as seen between the lines of O'Hara's poetry
Joe LeSueur lived with Frank O'Hara from 1955 until 1965, the years when O'Hara wrote his greatest poems, including 'To the Film Industry in Crisis', 'In Memory of My Feelings', 'Having a Coke with You', and the famous Lunch Poems-so called because O'Hara wrote them during his lunch break at the Museum of Modern Art, where he worked as a curator. (The artists he championed include Jackson Pollock, Joseph Cornell, Grace Hartigan, Jane Freilicher, Joan Mitchell, and Robert Rauschenberg.) The flowering of O'Hara's talent, cut short by a fatal car accident in 1966, produced some of the most exuberant, truly celebratory lyrics of the twentieth century. And it produced America's greatest poet of city life since Whitman.
Alternating between O'Hara's poems and LeSueur's memory of the circumstances that inspired them, Digressions on Some Poems by Frank O'Hara is a literary commentary like no other--an affectionate, no-holds-barred memoir of O'Hara and the New York that animated his work: friends, lovers, movies, paintings, streets, apartments, music, parties, and pickups. This volume, which includes many of O'Hara's best-loved poems, is the most intimate, true-to-life portrait we will ever have of this quintessential American figure and his now legendary times.
Book News Annotation:
The late LeSueur lived with his lover, the poet Frank O'Hara, in New York City from 1955 to 1965. For him, the poems written during those times brought back memories of life with O'Hara and the literary and arts scene they inhabited. He begins each of the chapters of this remembrance begins an O'Hara poem and proceeds to ruminate on the memories they brought forth, eschewing any more cohesive organizing principle. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In this intimate portrait, an unprecedented eyewitness account of New York City life and talent is revealed between the lines of Frank O'Hara's poetry. of photos.
About the Author
Joe LeSueur was a decorated soldier when he moved to New York in 1949, at the age of twenty-five. He held jobs as an editor, critic, and screenwriter. He died in 2001 in East Hampton.
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