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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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23985 Meditations In An Emergency Comments and analysis of Meditations In An Emergency by Frank O'Hara 43 Comments
17372 Poem (Lana Turner has collapsed!) Comments and analysis of Poem (Lana Turner has collapsed!) by Frank O'Hara 7 Comments
9691 Why I Am Not A Painter Comments and analysis of Why I Am Not A Painter by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
9409 Autobiographia Literaria Comments and analysis of Autobiographia Literaria by Frank O'Hara 8 Comments
8947 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
8637 Homosexuality Comments and analysis of Homosexuality by Frank O'Hara 3 Comments
8508 The Day Lady Died
8333 A Quiet Poem Comments and analysis of A Quiet Poem by Frank O'Hara 69 Comments
7800 Morning Comments and analysis of Morning by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
7673 Melancholy Breakfast
7523 Call Me
7090 A True Account Of Talking To The Sun At Fire Island
6590 My Heart
6274 Today Comments and analysis of Today by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
6204 For Grace, After A Party Comments and analysis of For Grace, After A Party by Frank O'Hara 60 Comments
6188 To The Harbormaster Comments and analysis of To The Harbormaster by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
5965 As Planned Comments and analysis of As Planned by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
5821 Lines For The Fortune Cookies
5149 A City Winter
5118 Song (Is it dirty) Comments and analysis of Song (Is it dirty) by Frank O'Hara 18 Comments
4404 On Seeing Larry Rivers' Washington Crossing The Delaware At The Museum Of Modern Art
4292 Digression On Number 1, 1948
4212 1951
4162 Jane Awake
4101 Music Comments and analysis of Music by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
4005 Spleen
4000 Song (Did you see me walking by the Buick Repairs?)
3536 Poem (O Solo Mio)
3363 At Joan's Comments and analysis of At Joan's by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
2936 Ann Arbor Variations
2690 Chinamen Jump
2410 At Night Chinamen Jump Comments and analysis of At Night Chinamen Jump by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
700 Steps
468 A Step Away From Them Comments and analysis of A Step Away From Them by Frank O'Hara 2 Comments
365 Ave Maria Comments and analysis of Ave Maria by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment
139 V.R. Lang Comments and analysis of V.R. Lang by Frank O'Hara 1 Comment


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