O Hara, a key interpreter of the aesthetics of abstract-expressionism, was a vital presence in New York s dynamic postwar art world, whether as a curator at the Museum of Modem Art, a visionary critic, a lushly original and lyrical poet, or an unflagging, often outrageous socialite. Donna Seaman, "Booklist" Moving in the way that only simple communication can be moving. . . . His poems always manage a fresh start, free from the dreadful posturings of the conventional verse of his generation. Kenneth Rexroth, "The New York Times Book Review" "