Saturday, March 14, 2009

Frank O'Hara

When Auden chose Ashbery’s first volume for the Yale Series of Younger Poets, he wrote O’Hara a thoughtful rejection, saying, “I think you (and John, too, for that matter) must watch what is always the great danger with any ‘surrealistic’ style, namely of confusing authentic nonlogical relations which arouse wonder with accidental ones which arouse mere surprise and in the end fatigue.” --William Logan, Urban Poet, The New York Times, June 29, 2008, review of Selected Poems (2008) by Frank O'Hara, edited by Mark Ford

Recommended reading:
by Frank O'Hara at Reading Rat
by W. H. Auden at Reading Rat
by John Ashbery at Reading Rat


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