The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara

The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara

Available for the first time in paperback, The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara reflects the poet's growth as an artist from the earliest dazzling, experimental verses that he began writing in the late 1940s to the years before his accidental death at forty, when his poems became increasingly individual and reflective. ...

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Title:The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara
Author:Frank O'Hara
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:624 pages pages

The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara Reviews

  • Sara
    Jun 19, 2007
    If you haven't read O'Hara, do it. Fun, fun poetry. A contemporary of Kerouac and Ginsburg, but I really prefer him to either of those beatniks. He is irreverent, writes about all sorts of things from movie stars to life in Manhattan. I read him first back in college - when I was in Sa...
  • Sandra Park-Callaghan
    Dec 02, 2009
    What is more beautiful than night and someone in your arms that's what we love about art it seems to prefer us and stays ...
  • Geoff
    Mar 18, 2009
    Frank O'Hara's poems range from utterly brilliant to utterly pointless, but man, I love him. When I was a wee English undergrad O'Hara made me laugh so much, and was one of the voices that helped me realize that poetry resides as much in the mundane and the absurd as it does in the fan...
  • C.A.
    May 04, 2008
    If you don't yet know Frank O'Hara I ENVY YOUR discovery! If this book isn't soon taught in every high school in America I'm going to... tell them! Something! Anyway, THIS is the collection to have of his work. I find that the selected poems don't have ALL the poems I LOVE by him, and ...
  • Andrew Kramcsak
    Aug 06, 2007
    Oooh, my name is Frank O'Hara and I like to write most of my poems on the go, on the back of important papers or on napkins or on anything that could be lost in an instant. After I die, my friends will turn my apartment inside out to try to find the poems that make up this book. Don't ...
  • Ken
    Jun 02, 2019
    One of those giant books of poetry that at times serves as "dip in" book while reading others and at times serves as "my main read." Because this collects just about everything O'Hara wrote, it's a mixed, mixed bag. Add to that the fact that he often comes across as so casual and s...
  • Peter Landau
    Jun 12, 2019
    THE COLLECTED POEMS OF FRANK O?HARA is a brick of a book that hit me like Ignatz does Krazy Kat, with a skull-thundering love. Over the course of 500-plus pages I got to know the poet as he rambled day and night, drunk and sober, but always ecstatically, like he was grabbing me by th...
  • Ted Burke
    Sep 25, 2011
    Famously dour poetry critic William Logan smooths a few of the wrinkles from his creased visage and assess editor Mark Ford's new Selected Poems by Frank O'Hara with a surprisingly even hand. That is, he found some nice things to say about a poet you wouldn't have thought he'd consider...
  • Forrest
    Jan 12, 2013
    It's hard to argue with lines like "As they're putting up the Christmas trees on Park Avenue/I shall see my daydreams walking by with dogs in blankets/put to some use before all those coloured lights come on." I often turn to this book when I need shot of whimsey or inspiration. It'...
  • Eddie Watkins
    May 14, 2008
    One of the greatest, and one of those poets who you're glad wrote so much because even his mediocre poems have a verve and spontaneity and humor lacking in so many "great" poems by "great" poets. Reading him is also a freeing experience, for the poet or non-poet, because his omnivorous...
  • Jesse
    Sep 28, 2012
    Getting Up Ahead of Someone (Sun) is a poem I find myself returning to constantly and with a certain quiet obsessiveness; it captures something I can't quite articulate yet recognize as very fundamental about myself. Its concluding line?"each day?s light has more significance the...
  • Allan MacDonell
    Apr 30, 2018
    Don?t test me on the content, context, significance or meaning of the brick of poems consolidated within the first 500 pages of The Collected Poems of Frank O?Hara. To be honest, for a change maybe, these many, many telling refractions from the intellect and emotions of Frank O?H...
  • Robert Vaughan
    Mar 18, 2010
    Stunning, vibrant, incredibly moving poems that I related to so closely. Felt like this was written just for me. ...
  • Liv-Christine Hoem
    Nov 04, 2013
    I am not done yet with The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara, however his writing has already touched me to the bone. It is interesting to see how his writing from the beginning of his career changes up to his death. How he is writing in this personal, diary-like format and how his poetr...
  • Monica Madaus
    Oct 22, 2013
    Though to tell you the truth, notwithstanding his friend, I also like salmon [pink] gladiolas, and think he would have liked them, too, even if he probably would have liked cell phones better. It may be hard to tell, now, if he is more famous for the poems or for being Frank O'Hara....
  • Andrew
    Mar 31, 2019
    from ?Mayakovsky?: Words! be sick as I am sick, swoon, roll back your eyes, a pool, and I?ll stare down at my wounded beauty which at best is only a talent for poetry. Cannot please, cannot charm or win what a poet! and the clear water is thick with bloody blow...
  • Matthew
    Mar 26, 2011
    It was the beginning of my junior year in boarding school, and during the previous summer I had seen many of my friends leave the school. I, already prone to depression, took the change horribly, and seeing dozens of eager and attractive new students join the small school in their plac...
  • Rachel Ninnette
    Dec 02, 2011
    O'Hara's poetry is markedly that of a man looking back. Thankfully, though, he isn't broken and doesn't indulge in petty nostalgia. Instead, his clarity of thought and simple, enjoyable language can evoke a range of emotions and truly communicate with the reader. But even in the presen...
  • Frances King
    Jun 05, 2019
    i can?t talk about it ...
  • Lauren
    Feb 07, 2019
    Interesting. Finely crafted and evocitive of the post war period. All the same, not for me. ...
  • Mark Spano
    Aug 02, 2012
    If you happen to connect with this work you'll be devoted for life. There are those who don't and view his work as gibberish. I have nearly canonized him. ...
  • Dolors
    Apr 03, 2013
    Frank O?Hara Why I Am Not a Painter I am not a painter, I am a poet. Why? I think I would rather be a painter, but I am not. Well, for instance, Mike Goldberg is starting a painting. I drop in. "Sit down and have a drink" he says. I drink; we drink. I look up. "You hav...
  • omi
    May 16, 2019
    i love frank o'hara so there was no way this could be wrong for me. as with all collections, some poems are stronger than others as that's just how it goes, but i found it awe-inspiring & humbling to read along as o'hara progressed as a poet in his lifetime. ...
  • Devin
    May 23, 2019
    I could not finish this. And it sucks. I've called myself a fan of Frank O'Hara for years, having read scattered poems of his throughout those years, ones that resonated with me. To this day, Frank O'Hara remains the only poet who has ever written a love poem I actually liked (Havi...
  • Comrade Doggo
    Jul 16, 2018
    the sunlight steams through the cold making a glass melancholy into sound ping ping ping where are you if she's jealous of me still she's not as jealous as she's going to be as the acid tests produce lignum vitae stretched over weeks and the sands of Rachmaninoff sea cold as coc...
  • Jennifer
    Mar 10, 2019
    O'Hara has been one of my favorite poets since I first read "The Day Lady Died" and "Why I am Not a Painter" in my freshman poetry class. Poems Retrieved is the first poetry book I read for fun, and it is also the first book I read after finishing college, and so of course I loved The ...
  • Michael
    Aug 22, 2014
    Wildly inconsistent as a writer of work worth reading, Frank O'Hara nevertheless penned some of the greatest poems of the midcentury: his fun but urbane verse mixes together self-obsession, pseudo-spontaneity, and chattiness in irresistible ways. From "Having a Coke with You" to "Medit...
  • river smallflower
    Dec 09, 2018
    frank o hara is truly one of my favorite wordsmiths, reading him energizes me and drains me, makes me want to run and crawl simultaneously. the earth had frank and i'm grateful for that. ...
  • Nick
    Mar 30, 2016
    As with most collections of poetry, read-ish--probably not every word of the book, certainly not chronologically, but enough to form an opinion. And my opinion is O'Hara is a cool dude. Forget Ginsberg's endless and easy hippie hand-wringing about consumerism, O'Hara is your real all-A...
  • Alison
    Dec 20, 2018
    I make fun of him but this is so lovely ...