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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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After the first glass of vodka Comments and analysis of As Planned by Frank O'Hara 8 Comments
Alone at night
Am I to become profligate as if I were a blonde? Or religious Comments and analysis of Meditations In An Emergency by Frank O'Hara 55 Comments
At night Chinamen jump Comments and analysis of At Night Chinamen Jump by Frank O'Hara 8 Comments
At night Chinamen jump
Did you see me walking by the Buick Repairs?
Hate is only one of many responses Comments and analysis of Poem (Hate Is Only One Of Many Responses) by Frank O'Hara 2191 Comments
How funny you are today New York
I am ill today but I am not
I am not a painter, I am a poet. Comments and analysis of Why I Am Not A Painter by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
I know so much Comments and analysis of Spleen by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
I think you're wonderful and so does everyone else.
I wanted to be sure to reach you; Comments and analysis of To The Harbormaster by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
I'm not going to cry all the time
I've got to tell you Comments and analysis of Morning by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
If I rest for a moment near The Equestrian Comments and analysis of Music by Frank O'Hara 3 Comments
Is it dirty Comments and analysis of Song (Is it dirty) by Frank O'Hara 22 Comments
It is 12:20 in New York a Friday
It is almost three Comments and analysis of At Joan's by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
It's my lunch hour, so I go Comments and analysis of A Step Away From Them by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
Lana Turner has collapsed! Comments and analysis of Poem (Lana Turner has collapsed!) by Frank O'Hara 7 Comments
Melancholy breakfast
Mothers of America Comments and analysis of Ave Maria by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
Now that our hero has come back to us
O solo mio, hot diggety, nix "I wather think I can"
Oh! Kangaroos, sequins, chocolate sodas! Comments and analysis of Today by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
So we are taking off our masks, are we, and keeping Comments and analysis of Homosexuality by Frank O'Hara 3 Comments
The eager note on my door said "Call me,"
The opals hiding your lids
The Sun woke me this morning loud
When I was a child Comments and analysis of Autobiographia Literaria by Frank O'Hara 25 Comments
When music is far enough away Comments and analysis of A Quiet Poem by Frank O'Hara 280 Comments
You are so serious, as if Comments and analysis of V.R. Lang by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
You do not always know what I am feeling. Comments and analysis of For Grace, After A Party by Frank O'Hara 271 Comments

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