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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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10997 Poem (Hate Is Only One Of Many Responses) Comments and analysis of Poem (Hate Is Only One Of Many Responses) by Frank O'Hara 2171 Comments
10546 Why I Am Not A Painter Comments and analysis of Why I Am Not A Painter by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
10394 Autobiographia Literaria Comments and analysis of Autobiographia Literaria by Frank O'Hara 25 Comments
9936 Homosexuality Comments and analysis of Homosexuality by Frank O'Hara 3 Comments
9558 A Quiet Poem Comments and analysis of A Quiet Poem by Frank O'Hara 278 Comments
9198 The Day Lady Died
9005 Melancholy Breakfast
8439 Call Me
7393 My Heart
7126 To The Harbormaster Comments and analysis of To The Harbormaster by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
7057 Today Comments and analysis of Today by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
6763 As Planned Comments and analysis of As Planned by Frank O'Hara 7 Comments
6551 Lines For The Fortune Cookies
6158 A City Winter
6037 Song (Is it dirty) Comments and analysis of Song (Is it dirty) by Frank O'Hara 22 Comments
5149 On Seeing Larry Rivers' Washington Crossing The Delaware At The Museum Of Modern Art
5036 1951
4991 Digression On Number 1, 1948
4739 Jane Awake
4583 Spleen
4167 Poem (O Solo Mio)
3971 At Joan's Comments and analysis of At Joan's by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
3914 Steps
3432 Ann Arbor Variations
3373 Chinamen Jump
2072 A Step Away From Them Comments and analysis of A Step Away From Them by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
1516 Ave Maria Comments and analysis of Ave Maria by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
925 V.R. Lang Comments and analysis of V.R. Lang by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
536 At Night Chinamen Jump Comments and analysis of At Night Chinamen Jump by Frank O'Hara 7 Comments
340 For Grace, After A Party Comments and analysis of For Grace, After A Party by Frank O'Hara 270 Comments
298 Meditations In An Emergency Comments and analysis of Meditations In An Emergency by Frank O'Hara 52 Comments
218 Poem (Lana Turner has collapsed!) Comments and analysis of Poem (Lana Turner has collapsed!) by Frank O'Hara 7 Comments
188 Morning Comments and analysis of Morning by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
179 Music Comments and analysis of Music by Frank O'Hara 3 Comments
164 Song (Did you see me walking by the Buick Repairs?)
137 A True Account Of Talking To The Sun At Fire Island


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