Meditations In An Emergency.

First Edition of Frank O'Hara's Meditations In An Emergency; Lengthily inscribed by Frank O'Hara

Meditations In An Emergency.

O'HARA, Frank.

Item Number: 101209

New York: Grove Press, 1957.

First edition O’Hara’s classic work of poetry. Octavo, original cloth, one of an unknown number cloth-bound copies produced in the first print run. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Dear Joe, Some tries at answering questions in mountains – love, Frank.” In fine condition.

Frank O’Hara was one of the great poets of the twentieth century and, along with such widely acclaimed writers as Denise Levertov, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Gary Snyder, a crucial contributor to what Donald Allen termed the New American Poetry, “which, by its vitality alone, became the dominant force in the American poetic tradition.” Frank O’Hara was born in Baltimore in 1926 and grew up in New England; from 1951 he lived and worked in New York, both for Art News and for the Museum of Modern Art, where he was an associate curator. O’Hara’s untimely death in 1966 at the age of forty was, in the words of fellow poet John Ashbery, “the biggest secret loss to American poetry since John Wheelwright was killed.” “Moving in the way that only simple communication can be moving. . . . His poems always manage a fresh start, free from the dreadful posturings of the conventional verse of his generation" (Kenneth Rexroth, The New York Times Book Review).

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