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Digressions on Some Poems by Frank O'Hara: A Memoir


In this intimate portrait, an unprecedented eyewitness account of New York City life and talent is revealed between the lines of Frank O'Hara's ... Show synopsis

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Luck and life and hideous certainty

by aparajito on Nov 5, 2007

Frank O'Hara and Joe LeSueur lived together for nine and a half years, from the summer of 1955 until January 1965. These were the years when O'Hara wrote his greatest poems, and, since they tended to be autobiographic, LeSueur has, in this book, tried to explore and evoke old memories of his and Frank's life together, often going off on wild tangents (hence the 'Digressions' in the title). This volume is a literary commentary, and also an affectionate, no-holds-barred memoir of O'Hara and the New York that animated his work. It includes many of O'Hara's best loved poems in their entirety, followed by personal notes from Joe. His rambling, deeply personal, and stream-of-consciousness style effortlessly conjures the carefree and hedonistic urban life that he shared with Frank, and will enchant most O'Hara groupies. However, readers expecting a more academic and precise treatment should probably look elsewhere.

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