[Still from Frank O’Hara reading “Fantasy” March 5, 1966, viewable at Frankohara.org]
Today is Frank O’Hara’s Birthday. This is Frank reading “Fantasy (Dedicated to the Health of Allen Ginsberg)”
and here from ABE books is, what the bookseller refers to as a “talismanic object”
Allen on O’Hara (writing, November 1966, in The Village Voice): “He (O’Hara) was at the center of an extraordinary poetic era…which gives his poetry its sense of historic monumentality..And he integrated purely personal life into the high art of composition, marking the return of all authority back to the person. His style is actually in line with the tradition that begins with Independence and runs through Thoreau and Whitman, here composed in metropolitan space age architecture environment. He taught me to really see New York for the first time, by making the giant style of Midtown his intimate cocktail environment. It’s like having Catallus change your view of the Forum in Rome…”
It’s like having Catallus change your view of the Forum in Rome
Happy Birthday Frank!