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The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara Paperback – Mar 31 1995

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  • Paperback: 586 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (March 31 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520201663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520201668
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This first paperback edition charts the writer's career from his New York School poetry of the early 1940s until his untimely death in 1966.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Slangy and sharp, genially surreal, the work of the quintessential New York poet shines like polished granite."--"Entertainment Weekly

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An earlier reviewer describes O'Hara's poetry as shallow and vacuous. Shallow, maybe. But not vacuous. O'Hara's interested in the minutiae of daily life - buying a pack of Gauloises on the way to friends for dinner, seeing a headline about Lana Turner collapsing, the hard hats worn by construction workers. Read one poem and you might come away thinking it's trivial. But his life's work - taken as a whole - is an intelligent, alert, funny and perceptive record of a life lived to the full (I think someone else may have said that before me, somewhere). Thing is, O'Hara's interested in surfaces - things, events, trivia - because they have meaning. So his poetry is shallow in a very real and virtuous sense. He's not trying to make big statements, a la Charles Olson or Robert Lowell. What I find amazing is how moving his poetry can so often be, as in The Day Lady Died. On one reading, it's simply a list of things he does on the way to friends for dinner. But the impact is enormous. The poem gets you right up close to O'Hara as he learns of Billie Holiday's death and remembers hearing her sing. Nothing vacuous about that.
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This poet changed my life. This poet had style, made his own breaks (luck), had great friends because he gave a damn about them, and loved art unconditionally in any form but with a special love for the city, for the life and art and noise (music) of the city. This poet wore a tie and jacket and swiveled out the door of the Museum of Modern Art with more hip in his pocket than you, Bro. This poet was gay and and every man considered him their best friend and every woman wanted to sleep with him. This poet grew up near Boston, went to the Navy and Hafvard and spent a year in Ann Arbor but was New York all the way, the very heart and soul of New York and the New York School of poets. This poet extends the line from Keats to Rimbaud into the American future.
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Great book! What else can be said of a book that brings together all Frank O'Hara? Great portrait on the cover too. The only problem with this marvellous book is that the cardboard cover is way too thin for practical reasons (reading, holdin' the book, putting it in your library, leaving it open somewhere since reading him is an ongoing occupation!) The cover gets dog eared soon and damages easily. A sturdier cover for a hefty volume like this please!
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The above is a quote from somebody or other talking about Shakespeare, I believe ("plastic" in the old sense of "fully malleable"). I can't think of a better way of describing O'Hara's poetry. He does things with words that are truly amazing, sound-wise. To get the full impact, read them aloud. I second the earlier reviewer's nomination for best poet of the past half-century. The only serious competition is A.R. Ammons.
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I found Frank O'Hara's collected poems in my college's library when I was a young girl of 17 and they really freaked me out. They flipped all my notions of "poetry" all on their heads, and I was intrigued and fascinated and turned on and plugged in and electrified. A great poet. Everyone should read this. His ear for diction and amazing wordplay amaze me each time I read anything he's written.
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