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Frank O'Hara: Selected Poems

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Frank OHara (1926-1966) was one of the most original and influential American poets of the twentieth century. Although he grew up in Grafton, Massachusetts, OHara developed into the quintessential poet of mid-century Manhattan; soon after his arrival in New York in 1951 he evolved a new kind of urban poetry that brilliantly captures the heady excitements of a golden period in the citys artistic life. OHaras style exudes an insistent, seductive glamour; his mercurial poems, at once open-ended and startlingly immediate, radiate an insouciant confidence that has lost none of its freshness over the decades. OHara was at the heart of a vibrant artistic circle that embraced fellow New York School poets John Ashbery, Barbara Guest, Kenneth Koch, and James Schuyler, as well as experimental painters such as Willem de Kooning, Larry Rivers, and Jasper Johns. Their achievements are movingly celebrated in many of his poems, while at the same time he paid loving tribute to popular idols such as James Dean and Lana Turner:

Lana Turner has collapsed!

I was trotting along and suddenly

it started raining and snowing

and you said it was hailing

but hailing hits you on the head

hard so it was really snowing and

raining and I was in such a hurry

to meet you but the traffic

was exactly like the sky

and suddenly I see a headline

LANA TURNER HAS COLLAPSED!

there is no snow in Hollywood

there is no rain in California

I have been to lots of parties

and acted perfectly disgraceful

but I never actually collapsed

oh Lana Turner we love you get up

This generous new selection by Mark Ford reflects all the phases and varied achievements of OHaras tragically foreshortened career, including his drama, and is followed by an appendix of key prose texts such as “Personism,” in which OHara succinctly summed up his overall approach to poetry: “You just go on your nerve.”

About the Author

Mark Ford has published several volumes of poetry and is the author of the critical biography Raymond Roussel and the Republic of Dreams. He is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and London Review of Books; he teaches in the English department at University College London.

Table of Contents

Introduction

A Note on the Texts

Autobiographia Literaria

Poem (At Night Chinamen Jump)

Poem (The Eager Note on My Door Said “Call Me,)

Today

Memorial Day 1950

Travel

Les Étiquettes Jaunes

A Pleasant Thought from Whitehead

Animals

The Three-Penny Opera

An Image of Leda

Poem (If I Knew Exactly Why the Chestnut Tree)

The Critic

Poetry

Song (Im Going to New York!)

A Rant

Interior (With Jane)

A Party Full of Friends

A Terrestrial Cuckoo

To Dick

Commercial Variations

Chez Jane

Blocks

October

River

Walking to Work

Try! Try!

On Rachmaninoffs Birthday (Quick! A Last Poem Before I Go)

To My Dead Father

The Hunter

Grand Central

Homosexuality

To a Poet

Aus Einem April

On Rachmaninoffs Birthday (I Am So Glad that Larry Rivers Made a)

Epigram for Joe

Meditations in an Emergency

To the Mountains in New York

Mayakovsky

In the Movies

Music

To John Ashbery

For Grace, After a Party

Poem (I Watched an Armory Combing Its Bronze Bricks)

Poem (There I Could Never Be a Boy,)

To the Harbormaster

Une Journée de Juillet

At the Old Place

Nocturne

Poem (Johnny And Alvin Are Going Home, Are Sleeping Now)

To an Actor Who Died

Thinking of James Dean

My Heart

To The Film Industry in Crisis

On Seeing Larry Rivers WASHINGTON CROSSING THE DELAWARE at the Museum of Modern Art

Radio

Sleeping on the Wing

Joseph Cornell

[It Is 1:55 in Cambridge, Pale and Spring Cool,]

Poem (And Tomorrow Morning at 8 Oclock in Springfield, Massachusetts,)

Poem (Instant Coffee With Slightly Sour Cream)

Returning

In Memory of My Feelings

[And Leaving in a Great Smoky Fury]

A Step Away From Them

Digression on NUMBER 1, 1948

[It Seems Far Away and Gentle Now]

Why I Am Not a Painter

Poem Read at Joan Mitchells

John Button Birthday

Anxiety

Louise

Failures of Spring

Two Dreams of Waking

Ode to Joy

Ode to Willem De Kooning

Poem (I Live Above a Dyke Bar and Im Happy.)

Ode To Michael Goldberg (s Birth and Other Births)

Ode (To Joseph Lesueur) on the Arrow that Flieth by Day

Ode on Causality

Ode: Salute to the French Negro Poets

A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island

Fou-Rire

To Gottfried Benn

Heroic Sculpture

The “Unfinished”

The Day Lady Died

Rhapsody

Song (Is It Dirty)

Adieu to Norman, Bon Jour to Joan and Jean-Paul

Joes Jacket

You Are Gorgeous and Im Coming

Poem (The Fluorescent Tubing Burns Like a Bobby-Soxers Ankles)

“Lamour Avait Passé par Là”

Poem (Hate Is Only One of Many Responses)

Poem (I Dont Know as I Get What D. H. Lawrence Is Driving at)

Personal Poem

Post the Lake Poets Ballad

Naphtha

Kein Traum

Poem (Khrushchev Is Coming on the Right Day!)

Getting Up Ahead of Someone (Sun)

In Favor of Ones Time

Les Luths

Poem (Now the Violets Are All Gone, the Rhinoceroses, the Cymbals)

Poem “À LA RECHERCHE D GERTRUDE STEIN

Poem (Light Clarity Avocado Salad in the Morning)

Hôtel Transylvanie

[On the Vast Highway]

Present

Poem (Thats Not a Cross Look Its a Sign of Life)

Avenue A

Now That I Am in Madrid and Can Think

A Little Travel Diary

Beer for Breakfast

Having a Coke with You

Steps

Ave Maria

Fond Sonore

[The Fondest Dream of]

Cornkind

Macaroni

For the Chinese New Year & for Bill Berkson

Essay on Style

Vincent and I Inaugurate a Movie Theatre

Early on Sunday

St. Paul and All That

F. (Missive & Walk) I. # 53

Poem En Forme De Saw

Metaphysical Poem

Biotherm (For Bill Berkson)

Poem (Lana Turner Has Collapsed!)

First Dances

Answer To Voznesensky & Evtushenko

Again, John Keats, Or the Pot of Basil

[The Light Presses Down]

Walking

Poem (I to You and You to Me The Endless Oceans of)

Fantasy

Cantata

Little Elegy for Antonio Machado

Appendix: Prose

Personism: A Manifesto

[Statement For THE NEW AMERICAN POETRY]

[Statement For Paterson Society]

V. R. Lang: A Memoir

A Personal Preface

Larry Rivers: A Memoir

Short Chronology

Index of Titles

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Where have I been all my life? How could I have missed this? I was 26 when he died, but that is no excuse.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307268150
Author:
Ohara, Frank
Publisher:
Knopf
Editor:
Ford, Mark
Author:
O'Hara, Frank
Author:
Ford, Mark
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Single Author / General
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080226
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.44x7.26x1.05 in. 1.54 lbs.

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