The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.06(w) x 8.92(h) x 1.46(d)|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Anyone that sits down to read O'HARA and his poetry will understand why he was a great modern american poet. The book is sturdy and the poems are laid out real nicely. I recomend this book to all aspiring poets, PoEtS, and readers in general----OHARA IS AvAnT-GaRdE
A rich assemblage of poems, many of them dashed off at odd moments without any thought of publication, by a quirky, distinctive voice in American literature. There's also a more recent Selected Poems available, but I find it more enjoyable to read 'em all and make my own choices. As many of the poems represent inspired jottings about whatever was firing up O'Hara's brain cells at a given moment, the collection can also be seen as a portrait of intellectual/bohemian New York during the 1960s (O'Hara died in an accident in 1966), which -- for me, at least -- adds to its allure.