Frank O'Hara


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poet and art critic whose poetry, published in A City Winter (1952), Meditations in an Emergency (1957), Second Avenue (1960), Odes (1960), Lunch Poems (1964), and Selected Poems (1973 National Book Award), is marked by an extremely autobiographical relation to his New York environment and an immediacy that John Ashbery compared to the painting of Jackson Pollock (about whom O'Hara wrote a book-length catalogue, 1959), for “Like Pollock, O'Hara demonstrates that the act of communication and the finished creation are the same.” Art Chronicles (1975) collects his criticism; Standing Still and Walking in New York (1975) is a gathering of essays and notes, followed by Early Writing (1977).

Subjects: Literature.

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