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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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24756 Meditations In An Emergency Comments and analysis of Meditations In An Emergency by Frank O'Hara 46 Comments
17960 Poem (Lana Turner has collapsed!) Comments and analysis of Poem (Lana Turner has collapsed!) by Frank O'Hara 7 Comments
10034 Why I Am Not A Painter Comments and analysis of Why I Am Not A Painter by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
9776 Autobiographia Literaria Comments and analysis of Autobiographia Literaria by Frank O'Hara 10 Comments
9570 Poem (Hate Is Only One Of Many Responses) Comments and analysis of Poem (Hate Is Only One Of Many Responses) by Frank O'Hara 2151 Comments
9207 Homosexuality Comments and analysis of Homosexuality by Frank O'Hara 3 Comments
8849 A Quiet Poem Comments and analysis of A Quiet Poem by Frank O'Hara 265 Comments
8767 The Day Lady Died
8272 Morning Comments and analysis of Morning by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
8126 Melancholy Breakfast
7834 Call Me
7362 A True Account Of Talking To The Sun At Fire Island
6903 My Heart
6631 For Grace, After A Party Comments and analysis of For Grace, After A Party by Frank O'Hara 257 Comments
6578 Today Comments and analysis of Today by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
6547 To The Harbormaster Comments and analysis of To The Harbormaster by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
6307 As Planned Comments and analysis of As Planned by Frank O'Hara 4 Comments
6078 Lines For The Fortune Cookies
5521 A City Winter
5423 Song (Is it dirty) Comments and analysis of Song (Is it dirty) by Frank O'Hara 21 Comments
4657 On Seeing Larry Rivers' Washington Crossing The Delaware At The Museum Of Modern Art
4540 Digression On Number 1, 1948
4510 1951
4421 Music Comments and analysis of Music by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
4375 Jane Awake
4313 Song (Did you see me walking by the Buick Repairs?)
4228 Spleen
3754 Poem (O Solo Mio)
3599 At Joan's Comments and analysis of At Joan's by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
3110 Ann Arbor Variations
2916 Chinamen Jump
1989 Steps
1073 A Step Away From Them Comments and analysis of A Step Away From Them by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
772 Ave Maria Comments and analysis of Ave Maria by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
427 V.R. Lang Comments and analysis of V.R. Lang by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
71 At Night Chinamen Jump Comments and analysis of At Night Chinamen Jump by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment


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