Lunch Poems

Lunch Poems
50th Anniversary Edition
Foreword by John Ashbery




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"Poetry Foundation features essay on anniversary publication"

Callie Siskel offers a thoughtful and engaging assessment of Frank O'Hara’s Lunch Poems on its 50th anniversary.

-Callie Siskel, Poetry Foundation Jul 9, 2014

"Feature in The New York Times Book Review"

Senior staff writer John Williams writes about the 50th anniversary edition is his "Open Books" column
"Lunch Poems Turns 50: Two years ago, the WNYC radio host Leonard Lopate asked his listeners to vote for 10 objects that best told the story of New York. (The Greek coffee cup and the subway token were Numbers 1 and 2, respectively.) The only work of art to make the list was Frank O'Hara's collection Lunch Poems. The San Francisco-based City Lights published a 50th anniversary edition of the book earlier this month. It contains a preface by John Ashbery as well as reproductions of letters between O'Hara and the publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who is now 95."

-John Williams, The New York Times Book Review Jun 29, 2014

"Feature in The Brooklyn Rail"

"Nearly 50 years since his death, much American lyrical poetry today also seems timid by comparison, suggestive of pious poets in ascetic isolation from a vulgar, fallen world. . . . What is happening to him now is that his influence on both contemporary American poetry and on pop culture is greater than ever. . . . Lunch Poems has just been republished by City Lights Books in an expanded edition that includes a preface by O'Hara's New York compatriot John Ashbery and an appendix filled with facsimiles of correspondence spanning 1963 to 1965 between O'Hara and the book’s publisher, Lawrence Ferlinghetti."

-Tim Keane, The Brooklyn Rail Jul 2, 2014

"Feature on Largehearted Boy"

The popular blog features staff picks by Brooklyn's WORD Bookstore, including the 50th anniversary edition of Lunch Poems:  "'My life held precariously in the seeing / hands of others.' Fifty years since its now-iconic orange and blue cover re-entered the bustling, amorous New York City from which they were derived, City Lights has reissued the collection with a new introduction and a supplementary appendix with facsimile drafts, letters, and other wonders."— Staff at WORD Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY

-Large Hearted Boy Jul 2, 2014

"Our Man in Boston on Lunch Poems"

Robert Birnbaum reflects on the City Lights reissue of Lunch Poems.

-Robert Birnbaum, OurMan in Boston Jul 2, 2014

"The enduring significance of Frank O'Hara's poetry is discussed on the BBC"

"'O'Hara's work has remained consistently popular with readers for six decades and has never been out of print,' says Elaine Katzenberger, editorial director of the book's publisher, City Lights. 'What's captured in the collection is what made Frank O'Hara so appealing as a writer and as a person,' she says. 'O'Hara was a magnetic personality with a keen and discerning eye and an ability to capture the routines of life in plain and often humorous snapshots, and to juxtapose the mundane alongside acutely sensitive observations about much loftier human endeavors.'"

-Jane Ciabattari, BBC Jun 26, 2014

"The Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog discusses the 50th anniversary of Lunch Poems"

"Naked 'Lunch': Behind the Scenes of Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems . . . It’s the most authoritative edition of Lunch Poems in some 30 years."

-Garret Caples, editor, City Lights Jun 19, 2014

"The New York School of Poets on the evolution of Lunch Poems"

"Although scholars have discussed and quoted from the correspondence between O'Hara and Ferlinghetti about the publication of Lunch Poems before, this is the first time the letters have been published, so it's a real treat to see them in print."

-Andrew Epstein, Associate Professor, English Dept, Florida State University Jun 18, 2014

"Voix Magazine revisits Lunch Poems"

" . . .  a return to Lunch Poems will urge us to hear the musher's compelling call, to feel the leads hitched around our necks, to strive for truly vivacious experiences, to authentically situate ourselves in the world. So I’m excited. It’s lunchtime. I’m hungry."

-Nathaniel Ogle, VOIX Culture editor May 27, 2014

"An appreciation of Lunch Poems on Wichita's KMUW"

Sarah Bagby discusses the history of the Pocket Poets Series and Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems.

-Sarah Bagby, KMUW Jun 19, 2014

"Lunch Poems reading at the Poetry Project in The New Yorker"

"Frank O'Hara's famed collection was first published in 1964, and, to mark the fiftieth anniversary, City Lights is printing a special edition. At the Poetry Project, Justin Vivian Bond, Hettie Jones, Edmund Berrigan, and dozens of other writers will read all of the poems. (St. Mark's Church, In-the-Bowery, Second Ave. at 10th St. poetryproject.org. June 11 at 8)."

-Goings on about Town, The New Yorker Jun 10, 2014

"An Appreciation of O'Hara's Lunch Poems"

Micah Mattix discusses the enduring beauty and significance of Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems.

-Micah Mattix, The Atlantic May 22, 2014