Ian White and Chris McCormack read and discuss selected poems by Frank O’Hara – activities that they hope to share.
Please respond by return of email if you would like to participate by receiving in advance of the event copies of those poems to be discussed.
Frank O’Hara was born in 1926. A friend and collaborator with second-generation Abstract Expressionist artists such as Willem de Kooning, Larry Rivers, Jane Freilicher and Joan Mitchell his poetry is characterised by an irrepressible immediacy and an often immediate sense of joy discovered in the everyday. He died in 1966 from injuries sustained after being hit by a beach buggy on Fire Island on his way home from the disco.
‘it is the poem that materialises as a sort of monumental backdrop against the random ruminations of a poet seemingly caught up in the business of a New York working day or another love affair… Half on contemptuously familiar terms with poetry, half embarrassed or withdrawn from its strangeness, the work seems entirely natural and available to the multitude of big and little phenomena which combine to make that almost unknowable substance that is our experience.’ – John Ashbery, "Introduction to The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara"