Frank O'Hara

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

Frank O'Hara Poems

1. Poem ["Khrushchev is coming on the right day!"] 6/24/2017
2. Poem ["The eager note on my door said, ‘Call me,'"] 6/24/2017
3. Adieu to Norman, Bon Jour to Joan and Jean-Paul 6/24/2017
4. POEM EN FORME DE SAW 11/16/2016
5. Poem (At night Chinamen jump) 6/24/2017
6. Yesterday Down at the Canal 11/16/2016
7. Chez Jane 6/24/2017
8. Chinamen Jump 1/13/2003
9. At Night Chinamen Jump 1/13/2003
10. Ann Arbor Variations 1/13/2003
11. A Step Away From Them 1/13/2003
12. Five Poems 1/23/2015
13. 1951 1/13/2003
14. On Seeing Larry Rivers' Washington Crossing The Delaware At The Museum Of Modern Art 1/13/2003
15. Digression On Number 1, 1948 1/13/2003
16. At Joan's 1/13/2003
17. Call Me 1/13/2003
18. Animals 3/29/2012
19. Rhapsody 3/29/2012
20. V.R. Lang 1/13/2003
21. Poem (Hate Is Only One Of Many Responses) 1/13/2003
22. Song (Did You See Me Walking By The Buick Repairs?) 1/13/2003
23. Autobiographia Literaria 1/13/2003
24. The Eager Note On My Door Said "Call Me," 1/13/2003
25. Jane Awake 1/13/2003
26. Mayakovsky 3/29/2012
27. Personal Poem 3/29/2012
28. A Quiet Poem 1/13/2003
29. Melancholy Breakfast 1/13/2003
30. Poem (Lana Turner Has Collapsed!) 1/13/2003
31. To The Film Industry In Crisis 3/29/2012
32. To The Harbormaster 1/13/2003
33. Today 3/29/2012
34. Ave Maria 1/13/2003
35. Sleeping On The Wing 3/29/2012
36. Spleen 1/13/2003
37. My Heart 1/13/2003
38. Meditations In An Emergency 1/13/2003
39. A City Winter 1/13/2003
40. As Planned 1/13/2003

Comments about Frank O'Hara

  • Henry (9/16/2018 11:25:00 AM)

    Is there a poem called Blocks: by O'Hara. If there is I can't find it.

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  • Emma Poet (4/27/2015 12:13:00 PM)

    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.

  • 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.

Best Poem of 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 have SARDINES in it."
"Yes, it needed something there."
"Oh." I go and the days go by
and I drop in again. The painting
is going on, and I go, and the days
go by. I drop in. The painting is
finished. "Where's SARDINES?"
All that's left is just
letters, "It was too much," Mike says.

But me? One day I am thinking ...

Read the full of Why I Am Not A Painter


How funny you are today New York
like Ginger Rogers in Swingtime
and St. Bridget's steeple leaning a little to the left

here I have just jumped out of a bed full of V-days
(I got tired of D-days) and blue you there still
accepts me foolish and free
all I want is a room up there
and you in it

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