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Biography of Frank O'Hara

Frank O'Hara

Frank O'Hara (1926 - 1966)

Francis Russell (Frank) O'Hara (June 27, 1926 - July 25, 1966) was a United States poet who, along with writers like John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch, was a key member of what was known as the New York School.

Frank O'Hara, the son of Russell Joseph O'Hara and Katherine Broderick, was born in Baltimore, grew up in Massachusetts and moved to New York City in 1951.

His work was immediate and were often quickly typed out. (One collection, Lunch Poems was so named because he typed them up on his lunch hour.) Low and high cultural references mingle easily in his work, with an often dreamlike lyricism. His most anthologized poems are "Why I Am Not a Painter" and "The Day Lady Died," the latter about Billie Holiday.

O'Hara was active in the art world, working as a reviewer for Art News and as a curator for the Museum of Modern Art. He was friends with a number of prominent artists like Willem de Kooning, Larry Rivers and Bill Berkson.

O'Hara died in a freak accident on Fire Island. He was run over by a dune buggy while sleeping on the beach.


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36 Poems written by Frank O'Hara

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1951
A City Winter
A Quiet Poem Comments and analysis of A Quiet Poem by Frank O'Hara 75 Comments
A Step Away From Them Comments and analysis of A Step Away From Them by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
A True Account Of Talking To The Sun At Fire Island
Ann Arbor Variations
As Planned Comments and analysis of As Planned by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
At Joan's Comments and analysis of At Joan's by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
At Night Chinamen Jump Comments and analysis of At Night Chinamen Jump by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
Autobiographia Literaria Comments and analysis of Autobiographia Literaria by Frank O'Hara 8 Comments
Ave Maria Comments and analysis of Ave Maria by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
Call Me
Chinamen Jump
Digression On Number 1, 1948
For Grace, After A Party Comments and analysis of For Grace, After A Party by Frank O'Hara 62 Comments
Homosexuality Comments and analysis of Homosexuality by Frank O'Hara 3 Comments
Jane Awake
Lines For The Fortune Cookies
Meditations In An Emergency Comments and analysis of Meditations In An Emergency by Frank O'Hara 44 Comments
Melancholy Breakfast
Morning Comments and analysis of Morning by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
Music Comments and analysis of Music by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
My Heart
On Seeing Larry Rivers' Washington Crossing The Delaware At The Museum Of Modern Art
Poem (Hate Is Only One Of Many Responses) Comments and analysis of Poem (Hate Is Only One Of Many Responses) by Frank O'Hara 2138 Comments
Poem (Lana Turner has collapsed!) Comments and analysis of Poem (Lana Turner has collapsed!) by Frank O'Hara 7 Comments
Song (Did you see me walking by the Buick Repairs?)
Song (Is it dirty) Comments and analysis of Song (Is it dirty) by Frank O'Hara 20 Comments
Spleen
Steps
The Day Lady Died
To The Harbormaster Comments and analysis of To The Harbormaster by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
V.R. Lang Comments and analysis of V.R. Lang by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
Why I Am Not A Painter Comments and analysis of Why I Am Not A Painter by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments

Talking to the Sun at Fire Island

Poem (O Solo Mio)
Today Comments and analysis of Today by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment


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