With his unpremeditated, fresh style, his observations and his autobiographical - not confessional - poetry, Frank O'Hara broke with the academic traditions of the 1950s and became the life of soul of New York school of poets, depicting a city of "jazz, good painting and black-and-white movies". For this volume Donald Allen has selected some of ...
With his unpremeditated, fresh style, his observations and his autobiographical - not confessional - poetry, Frank O'Hara broke with the academic traditions of the 1950s and became the life of soul of New York school of poets, depicting a city of "jazz, good painting and black-and-white movies". For this volume Donald Allen has selected some of the finest work of Frank O'Hara (1926-66). Offbeat, vivid and spontaneous, O'Hara's poetry broke with the dry orthodoxy of the current trend to create a fluid poetry, analogous in concept to the paintings of Pollock, Kline and de Kooning. It is, according to John Ashbery, "a remarkable poetry - both modest and monumental, with something basically usable about it - not only for poets in search of a voice of their own but for the reader who turns to poetry as a last resort in trying to juggle the contradictory components of modern life into something like a liveable space".
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Publishers Weekly, 2008-01-21 The oeuvres of two major mid-20th-century poets are being revisited this winter in a pair of revised "Selected Poems" volumes. In January, the University of California Press completes its acquisition and reissue of Robert Creeley's verse with its new Selected Poems 1945-2005, edited by Benjamin Friedlander (Univ. of California, $21.95 360p ISBN 978-0-520-25195-3), offering a complete panoramic view of the career of postmodern American poetry's master of concision. Similarly, the New York School's chatty favorite, Frank O' Hara, is also getting a new Selected Poems (Knopf, $30 304p ISBN 978-0-307-26815-0), edited by Mark Ford, in February. His scattered publication history and monstrous Collected volume will make this new, expanded selection a handy book. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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