Meditations in an Emergency

Meditations in an Emergency

by Frank O'Hara


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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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802134523
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/1996
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 52
Sales rank: 141,364
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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Meditations in an Emergency 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Sovranty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
dawnpen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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. An occassion is an occassion. And I commend you for knowing what is sharp and what is soft and not mixing it up in your poems like the rest of them.
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