‘In Fatal Winds’: Frank O'hara and Morton Feldman

Edited by Will Montgomery

in Frank O'Hara Now

Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9781846312311
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781846316067 | DOI:
‘In Fatal Winds’: Frank O'hara and Morton Feldman

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This chapter explores the relationship between O'Hara and Morton Feldman, who twice set to music O'Hara's ‘Wind’, a short poem dedicated to the composer. O'Hara wrote the sleeve notes for Feldman's first long-player and at one point considered collaborating with Feldman. The chapter considers the equivocal notion of freedom that is developed in ‘Wind’ and explores the poem's relationship to the much longer ‘Ode to Michael Goldberg ('s Birth and Other Births)’. The chapter finds in both O'Hara and Feldman, each of whom had an intense affiliation with the art and artists of Abstract Expressionism, a mode of working that does not sit easily with the liberatory ambitions of gestural art.

Keywords: Frank O'Hara; Morton Feldman; composers; Wind; freedom; Michael Goldber; Abstract Expression

Chapter.  7568 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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