Lunch Poems (City Lights Pocket Poets Series)


Lunch Poems (City Lights Pocket Poets Series) Author Frank O’Hara
ISBN-10 0872860353
ISBN-13 9780872860353
Year 2001-01-01
Pages 76
Language English
Publisher City Lights Publishers
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Important poems by the late New York poet published in The New American Poetry Evergreen Review Floating Bear and stranger places Often this poet strolling through the noisy splintered glare of a Manhattan noon has paused at a sample Olivetti to type up thirty or forty lines of ruminations or pondering more deeply has withdrawn to a darkened ware or firehouse to limn his computed misunderstandings of the eternal questions of life coexistence and depth while never forgetting to eat lunch his favorite meal OHara speaks directly across the decades to our hopes and fears and especially our delights his lines are as intimate as a telephone call Few books of his era show less age Dwight Garner New York Times As collections go none brings quality to the fore more than thethirty seven Lunch Poems published in 1964 by City Lights Nicole Rudick The Paris Review What O Hara is getting at is a sense of the evanescence and the power of great art that inextricable contradiction that what makes it moving and transcendent is precisely our knowledge that it will pass away This is the ethos at the center of Lunch Poems not the informal or the conversational for their own sake but rather in the service of something more intentional more connective more engaged David L Ulin Los Angeles TImes The collection broadcasts snark exuberance lonely earnestness and minute by minute autobiography to a wide vague audiencemuch like today s Twitter and Facebook feeds Micah Mattix The AtlanticAmong the most significant post war American poets Frank O Hara grew up in Grafton MA graduating from Harvard in 1950 After earning an MA at Michigan in 1951 O Hara moved to New York where he began working for the Museum of Modern Art and writing for Art News By 1960 he was named Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture Exhibitions at MOMA Along with John Ashbery Kenneth Koch James Schuyler and Barbara Guest he is considered an original member of the New York School Though he died in a tragic accident in 1966 recent references to O Hara on TV shows like Mad Men or Thurston Moores new single evidence our cultures continuing fascination with this innovative poet

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