Lunch Poems

ISBN-10: 0872866173
ISBN-13: 9780872866171
Edition: 50th 2014
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Description: "Frank O'Hara was the laureate of the New York art scene. . . . A Pan piping on city streets, he luxuriates in the uninhibited play of his imagination."—The New York Times Book ReviewLunch Poems, first published in 1964 by City Lights Books as  More...

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List price: $21.95
Edition: 50th
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication date: 7/15/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 104
Size: 5.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

"Frank O'Hara was the laureate of the New York art scene. . . . A Pan piping on city streets, he luxuriates in the uninhibited play of his imagination."—The New York Times Book ReviewLunch Poems, first published in 1964 by City Lights Books as number nineteen in the Pocket Poets series, is widely considered to be Frank O'Hara's freshest and most accomplished collection of poetry. Edited by the poet in collaboration with Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Donald Allen, who had published O'Hara's poems in his monumental The New American Poetry in 1960, it contains some of the poet's best known works including "The Day Lady Died," "Ave Maria," and "Poem [Lana Turner has collapsed!]." These are the compelling and formally inventive poems—casually composed, for example, in his office at the Museum of Modern Art, in Times Square during his lunch hour, or on the Staten Island Ferry en route to a poetry reading—that made him a cult hero. This new fiftieth-anniversary edition contains facsimile reproductions of poems from the original typescript, along with a selection of previously unpublished correspondence between City Lights publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti and O'Hara, and between Donald Allen and O'Hara that shed new light on the preparation of Lunch.Frank O'Hara was born in 1926 in Maryland and grew up in Massachusetts. He was a leader of the New York school of poets, a group that included John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, and Barbara Guest. He died in 1966.

Frank O'Hara 1926-1966 Poet Frank O'Hara was born in Baltimore, MD and raised in Massachusetts. He served in the Navy and then studied at Harvard and the University of Michigan. From 1952 to 1966, O'Hara was on the staff at the Museum of Modern Art. He was a critic and a playwright and stayed active in the art scene. O'Hara published six books of poetry from 1952 until his death. Frank O'Hara died in 1966 when he was run down by a dune buggy on Fire Island.

John Ashbery was born on July 28, 1927 in Rochester, New York. He was educated at Harvard and Columbia universities and studied in Europe on a Fulbright Scholarship. Initially wishing to be a painter, then a musician, he has had a variety of careers including reference librarian and art critic. In the early 1950s, he was a copywriter with Oxford University Press and McGraw-Hill. His collection of poems, Turandot and other Poems, published in 1953, established his reputation as one of the leading American poets of his generation. Ashbery feels strongly influenced by film and other art forms. The abstract expressionist movement in art had a profound effect on his writing style. Frequently termed a philosophical poet, Ashbery's poems often deal with the mind and the connection of the reader. Ashbery has published several volumes of poetry, including Houseboat Days and Flow Chart. Highly regarded by critics, he received a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976, all for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. He received the Ambassador Book Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. In 2011, he won the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He also writes under the pseudonym Jonas Berry.

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