Frank O'Hara Now: New Essays on the New York Poet

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Frank O'Hara's writing is central to any consideration of 20th century American poetry. This collection of essays, the first to be dedicated to O'Hara in nearly two decades, asks why O'Hara remains so important to 21st century readers and writers of poetry. The book is transatlantic in tone, combining American scholarship with a wide sampling of British writers. For many, O'Hara's distinctive appeal depends on his witty depictions of urban experience, his relationship to the painters of Abstract Expressionism ...
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Overview


Frank O'Hara's writing is central to any consideration of 20th century American poetry. This collection of essays, the first to be dedicated to O'Hara in nearly two decades, asks why O'Hara remains so important to 21st century readers and writers of poetry. The book is transatlantic in tone, combining American scholarship with a wide sampling of British writers. For many, O'Hara's distinctive appeal depends on his witty depictions of urban experience, his relationship to the painters of Abstract Expressionism and the exhilarating immediacy of his poetic voice. Yet these chatty and approachable qualities coexist with a testing engagement with currents in European and American modernism. Frank O'Hara Now offers a comprehensive picture of the poet, presenting the conversational insouciance of the writing alongside its more intransigent features.
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Editorial Reviews

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"... the volume seems a model of editors' reenergizing debate on a writer who is highly pertinent to the contemporary understanding of avant-garde writing; and it is to the credit of Liverpool University Press that it perceives a need to support such debates in academic publishing.

"... the volume seems a model of editors' reenergizing debate on a writer who is highly pertinent to the contemporary understanding of avant-garde writing; and it is to the credit of Liverpool University Press that it perceives a need to support such debates in academic publishing."--Journal of American Studies

"Frank O'Hara Now: New Essays on the New York Poet, is a welcome contribution to the discipline and is the first collection of essays dedicated to O'Hara."--Years Work in English Studies

Tim Woods
"A very well-conceived and well-structured book. I highly commend the conception of this collection, its careful structure, and its pertinence to the contemporary understanding of avant-garde writing."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846312311
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2011
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Hampson is Professor of Modern Literature, at Royal Holloway, University of London. Will Montgomery is RCUK Research Fellow in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics at Royal Holloway, University of London

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction - Robert Hampson and Will Montgomery
1 City 'Housing the Deliberations': New York, War, and Frank O'Hara - Geoff Ward Gesture in 1960: toward Literal situations - Lytle Shaw French Frank - Rod Mengham Distraction and Absorption on Second Avenue - Andrea Brady Stepping Out with Frank O'Hara - David Herd 'A Certain Kneeness': the Boring and the New in Frank O'Hara's Poetry - Tadeusz PiĆ³ro
2 Selves 'Where Air is Flesh': the Odes of Frank O'Hara - John Wilkinson Close Writing - Keston Sutherland Naming the seam: On Frank O'Hara's 'Hatred'- Richard Deming 'A Gasp of Laughter at Desire': Frank O'Hara's Poetics of Breath - Josh Robinson
3 The Work of Others Frank O'Hara, Alfred Leslie and the Making of The Last Clean Shirt - Daniel Kane Kites and Poses: Attitudinal interfaces in Frank O'Hara and Grace Hartigan - Redell Olsen 'In Fatal Winds': Frank O'Hara and Morton Feldman - Will Montgomery 'Footprints of a Wild Ballet': the Poem-Paintings of Frank O'Hara and Norman Bluhm - Brian Reed Memory Pieces: Collage, Memorial and the Poetics of intimacy in Joe Brainard, Jasper Johns and Frank O'Hara - Nick Selby Index of Works by Frank O'Hara
General index

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