|Born||March 27, 1926|
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Died||July 25, 1966 (aged 40)|
Mastic Beach, New York, U.S.
|Resting place||Green River Cemetery, Springs, New York, U.S.|
|Occupation||Poet, art curator|
|Alma mater||Harvard University (AB)|
University of Michigan (MA)
|Literary movement||The New York School|
|Notable works||Lunch Poems|
O'Hara was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Grafton, Massachusetts. He studied piano at the New England Conservatory in Boston from 1941 to 1944. During the last years of World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific and Japan on a destroyer. After the war he attended Harvard University. At first, he studied music but then changed to English to become a writer. His roommate at Harvard was the artist Edward Gorey. He also became friends there with the poet John Ashbery.
O'Hara lived in New York City from 1951 until his death in 1966. In time, he and his poet-friends came to be known as The New York Poets. This group included Ashbery, James Schuyler, Barbara Guest, and Kenneth Koch. He also got to know many young New York artists, such as Larry Rivers, Jane Freilicher, Fairfield Porter, Joan Mitchell, Alex Katz, Jasper Johns, and Jackson Pollock.
He published two important books of poetry in his lifetime, Meditations in an Emergency (1956) and Lunch Poems (1964). He wrote different kinds of poems. Some are very short and others are very long. Some use language in difficult ways. Others are very direct and sound like ordinary talking about the ordinary things he does in the city.
Books[change | change source]
- A City Winter and Other Poems (1952)
- Oranges: 12 pastorals (1969)
- Meditations in an Emergency (1957)
- Second Avenue (1960)
- Odes (1960)
- Lunch Poems (1964)
- In Memory of My Feelings (1967)
- The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara (1971)
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