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(27 March 1926 – 25 July 1966 / Baltimore, Maryland)

Frank O'Hara
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Francis Russell "Frank" O'Hara was an American writer, poet and art critic. He was a member of the New York School of poetry.

Life

Frank O'Hara, the son of Russell Joseph O'Hara and Katherine (née Broderick) was born on March 27, 1926, at Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore and grew up in Grafton, Massachusetts. He attended St. John's High School in Worcester. He grew up believing he had been born in June, but in fact had been born in March, his parents having disguised his true date of birth because he was conceived out of wedlock. He studied piano at the New England Conservatory in Boston from 1941 to 1944 and served in the South Pacific and Japan as a ... more »

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  • ''I look
    up. "You have sardines in it."
    "Yes, it needed something there."
    "Oh."''
    Frank O'Hara (1926-1966), U.S. poet. Why I Am Not a Painter (l. 7-10). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxf...
  • ''It is even in
    prose, I am a real poet. My poem
    is finished and I haven't mentioned
    orange yet It's twelve poems, I call
    it oranges.''
    Frank O'Hara (1926-1966), U.S. poet. Why I Am Not a Painter (l. 24-28). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Ox...
  • ''And one has eaten and one walks,
    past the magazines with nudes
    and the posters for bullfight and
    the Manhattan Storage Warehouse,
    which they'll soon tear down.''
    Frank O'Hara (1926-1966), U.S. poet. A Step Away from Them (l. 40-44). . . Norton Anthology of American Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Nina Baym and...
  • ''A glass of papaya juice
    and back to work. My heart is in my
    pocket, it is Poems by Pierre Reverdy.''
    Frank O'Hara (1926-1966), U.S. poet. A Step Away from Them (l. 47-49). . . Norton Anthology of American Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Nina Baym and...
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  • Michael Shepherd (3/17/2005 5:44:00 AM)

    Dear Frank O'Hara,
    Are you alive?
    I've read your poems and know that you are.
    But are you available in person?
    I'd like to ask for more poems..
    that's all.

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