Frank O'Hara

Frank O'Hara
Baltimore, Maryland
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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 ...
Popular Poems
1.
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,
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2.
Homosexuality
So we are taking off our masks, are we, and keeping
our mouths shut? as if we'd been pierced by a glance!

The song of an old cow is not more full of judgment
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3.
In Memory Of My Feelings
My quietness has a man in it, he is transparent
and he carries me quietly, like a gondola, through the streets.
He has several likenesses, like stars and years, like numerals.
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4.
Music
If I rest for a moment near The Equestrian
pausing for a liver sausage sandwich in the Mayflower Shoppe,
that angel seems to be leading the horse into Bergdorf's
and I am naked as a table cloth, my nerves humming.
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5.
A Quiet Poem
When music is far enough away
the eyelid does not often move

and objects are still as lavender
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Comments

Henry 16 September 2018
Is there a poem called Blocks: by O'Hara. If there is I can't find it.
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Emma Poet 27 April 2015
No, he is not alive. He died at forty, but he is awake, in his poetry. He cannot write you your poems, his body is sleeping, yet not, in his poetry. There he is dancing. That is all.
16 8 Reply
Michael Shepherd 17 March 2005
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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