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Digressions on Some Poems By Frank O'Hara A Memoir

Joe LeSueur ☆ 7 summary

The artists he championed include Jackson Pollock Joseph Cornell Grace Hartigan Jane Freilicher Joan Mitchell and Robert Rauschenberg The flowering of O'Hara's talent cut short by a fatal car accident in 1966 produced some of the most exuberant truly celebratory lyrics of the twentieth century And it produced America's greatest poet of city life since WhitmanAlternating between O'Hara's poems and LeSueur's memory of the circumstances that in I just couldn't get past the voice I don't mind digressions; I would love to follow oh I don't know Chloris Leachman around her apartment house all day listening to her tell tales about anything and everything It's just too much coattail riding for my taste with not enough substance I gave up

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An unprecedented eyewitness account of the New York School as seen between the lines of O'Hara's poetryJoe LeSueur lived with Frank O'Hara from 1955 until 1965 the years when O'Hara wrote his greatest poems including 'To the Film Industry in Crisis' 'In Memory of My Feelings' 'Having a Coke with You' and the famous Lunch Poems so called because O'Hara wrote them during his lunch break at the Museum of Modern Art where he worked as a curator Joe LeSueur's memoir of his friend and companion is a truly illuminating portrait of the artist What makes these digressions so rich and rewarding for the reader is the uniue perspective LeSueur is able to bring to this material These are LeSueur's memories of experiences and events shared with O'Hara and their myriad of friends and acuaintances I found this book to be compelling intimate and inspiring indeed Lunch Poems and Selected Poems were never too far out of reach and both read from cover to cover By virtue of having been a participant or at the very least having been an eye witness to the events depicted LeSueur has captured not just a time and place but the essence of a cherished friend I found myself reading slowly savoring each passage By the end of the book I felt I had really gotten to know O'Hara and his circle of friends and found myself in tears as I read the last few pages LeSueur's memoir is a tribute to Frank O'Hara as both an artist and a beloved friend

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Spired them Digressions on Some Poems by Frank O'Hara is a literary commentary like no other an affectionate no holds barred memoir of O'Hara and the New York that animated his work friends lovers movies paintings streets apartments music parties and pickups This volume which includes many of O'Hara's best loved poems is the most intimate true to life portrait we will ever have of this uintessential American figure and his now legendary time A fascinating glimpse into a time and place about which I knew next to nothing and a compelling window into O'Hara's poetry I'm excited to go back and read his work again There's a pretty wide gulf between the stuff I love and the stuff I can't stand and I wonder how having a better grasp of his story might affect my reading of his poetry I'm generally all for digressions but I wish this book had been just a bit tighter I liked the approach though and the beginning of the book was especially captivating


10 thoughts on “Digressions on Some Poems By Frank O'Hara A Memoir

  1. says:

    A very fascinating document regarding the poet Frank O'Hara I try to read books regarding the New York School of Poetry but they are hard to come by It was a fascinating subculture type of world Lots of martini's paintings painters and other poets O'Hara was the king in his circle and rightfully so Wonderful poet


  2. says:

    An intimate meditation on O'Hara's poems written by his former roommate and occasional lover Sometimes catty sometimes moving always deeply personal this is a lovely find


  3. says:

    Joe LeSueur's memoir of his friend and companion is a truly illuminating portrait of the artist What makes these digressions so rich and rewarding for the reader is the uniue perspective LeSueur is able to bring to this material These are LeSueur's memories of experiences and events shared with O'Hara and their myriad of friends and acuaintances I found this book to be compelling intimate and inspiring indeed Lunch Poems and Selected Poems were never too far out of reach and both read from cover to cover By virtue of having been a participant or at the very least having been an eye witness to the events depicted LeSueur has captured not just a time and place but the essence of a cherished friend I found myself reading slowly savoring each passage By the end of the book I felt I had really gotten to know O'Hara and his circle of friends and found myself in tears as I read the last few pages LeSueur's memoir is a tribute to Frank O'Hara as both an artist and a beloved friend


  4. says:

    I find myself bringing this book up in conversation all the time A tender and loving portrait of not only a set of a poet I love and his friends but a version of New York City where everything was possible


  5. says:

    I just couldn't get past the voice I don't mind digressions; I would love to follow oh I don't know Chloris Leachman around her apartment house? all day listening to her tell tales about anything and everything It's just too much coattail riding for my taste with not enough substance I gave up


  6. says:

    Memoirs like these can sometimes seem a little pitiful like a desperate grab at a great writer's estate I think one of Keroac's wives published one recently that really exemplified this But though Joe LeSueuer's achievements pale in comparison to his subject's he's aware enough to pass this off with honesty and humor making the memoir not pitiful at all but warm and personal His very intimate very as the title implies digressive style works perfectly to illuminate the social milieu surrounding Frank O'Hara's poems a milieu which formed the substance of so many of those poems There are lovers friends employers parties fights tifts witticisms rivalries insults everything that is in here He also gives great insight into Frank's writing methods or lack thereof for instance he recalls Frank getting up once in the middle of conversation going over to his typewriter for five minutes and coming back with a poem LeSueuer is very honest about his separation with Frank too right before Frank's death which gives it a sad and poignant end Although Frank's death cut short so much great art it's truly wonderful to have one of his intimates preserve the spirit of that era in memoir


  7. says:

    A fascinating glimpse into a time and place about which I knew next to nothing and a compelling window into O'Hara's poetry I'm excited to go back and read his work again There's a pretty wide gulf between the stuff I love and the stuff I can't stand and I wonder how having a better grasp of his story might affect my reading of his poetry I'm generally all for digressions but I wish this book had been just a bit tighter I liked the approach though and the beginning of the book was especially captivating


  8. says:

    this book made me fall in love with frank all over again or for the first time sort of i mean him not just his poems and his poems and fabulous nyc in the 50s and if you ever wanted to know what it was like to be gay and to be an artist or to be gay and in nyc or to be an artist in nyc or any combo of the above mid century of course this is the book for you


  9. says:

    This book gets 5 stars from me because I love Frank O'Hara's poetry and so this personal peek inside some of the poems seems to call for the maximum appreciation possible Highly recommended for O'Hara fans and for those interested in ueer history Lots of great homo art gossiphistory here


  10. says:

    In the style of O'Hara himself A wonderful and loving feat of recollection


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