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Digressions on Some Poems by Frank O'Hara A Memoir

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ISBN-10: 0374529043

ISBN-13: 9780374529048

Edition: N/A

Authors: Joe LeSueur

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An unprecedented eyewitness account of the New York School, as seen between the lines of O'Hara's poetry Joe LeSueur lived with Frank O'Hara from 1955 until 1965, the years when O'Hara wrote his greatest poems, including 'To the Film Industry in Crisis', 'In Memory of My Feelings', 'Having a Coke with You', and the famous Lunch Poems-so called because O'Hara wrote them during his lunch break at the Museum of Modern Art, where he worked as a curator. (The artists he championed include Jackson Pollock, Joseph Cornell, Grace Hartigan, Jane Freilicher, Joan Mitchell, and Robert Rauschenberg.) The flowering of O'Hara's talent, cut short by a fatal car accident in 1966, produced some of the most exuberant, truly celebratory lyrics of the twentieth century. And it produced America's greatest poet of city life since Whitman. Alternating between O'Hara's poems and LeSueur's memory of the circumstances that inspired them, Digressions on Some Poems by Frank O'Hara is a literary commentary like no other--an affectionate, no-holds-barred memoir of O'Hara and the New York that animated his work: friends, lovers, movies, paintings, streets, apartments, music, parties, and pickups. This volume, which includes many of O'Hara's best-loved poems, is the most intimate, true-to-life portrait we will ever have of this quintessential American figure and his now legendary times.
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Book details

List price: $22.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/21/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Introduction: Four Apartments
Who I Am and Where I Am Coming From
Digressions on Some Poems by Frank O'Hara
Lines to a Depressed Friend [1953]
Second Avenue [March-April 1953]
Homosexuality [March 1954]
Sonnet [June 14, 1955]
At the Old Place [July 13, 1955]
Poem [August 1955 (?)]
The James Dean Poems [October 1955]
To the Film Industry in Crisis [November 15, 1955]
Radio [December 3, 1955]
At Joan's [July 31, 1959]
Adieu to Norman, Bon Jour to Joan and Jean-Paul [August 7, 1959]
Joe's Jacket [August 10, 1959]
The Vincent Warren Period [1959-61]
The Bill Berkson Period [1960-62]
Personal Poem [August 27, 1959]
Variations on Saturday [December 10, 1960]
Three Poems [April 25, 1961]
The Prevalence of Kenneth Koch [1952-61]
The Rachmaninoff Poems [1953-63]
Poem [February 9, 1962]
Poem [March 9, 1962]
Lunch Poems [1959-65]
The Sentimental Units [1964]
Oedipus Rex [April 7, 1966]