Poems Retrieved

Poems Retrieved
Introduction by Bill Berkson
Edited by Donald Allen


"For those of us who adore the meandering colloquialisms of this quintessential New York School poet, finding this trove of drafts and wanderings is an extra treat. O'Hara's inimitable exuberance pushes through, crafting a poetry that can explode out of almost anything, dramatizing the music of  thinking. 'The sea was calm and pale. / Almost polite. Whatever / had it meant to us, what / will you mean to me, does / nothing end?' asks O'Hara. He can't answer, of course. Things do end. Thankfully, we get more of him."--Tess Taylor, Barnesandnoble.com

The Quarterly Conversation

" . . . Poems Retrieved is a welcome edition to any reader's bookshelves--be she a casual peruser or a credentialed O'Hara scholar."--Erika Jo Brown, The Quarterly Conversation

American Poet

"Scholars and first-time readers will delight in this previously uncollected volume of O'Hara's poems..." American Poet. 

Beat Scene Magazine

"A revised and expanded edition from the essential West Coast publisher City Lights in San Francisco. Frank O'Hara was the epitome of the New York City poetry scene in the second half of the Twentieth century . . . O'Hara was a livewire poet."--Sophia Nitrate, Beat Scene Magazine

"How Poet Frank O'Hara Taught Us to Be Gay"
Jul 18, 2013

Writer Christopher Hennessey from The Gay & Lesbian Review discusses how Frank O'Hara, author of Poems Retrieved, taught us what it means to be "gay." 

- Christopher Hennessey, The Gay & Lesbian Review

Poems Retrieved on The Rumpus

"What we have here is a lot of poetry worth experiencing, and a radiant reminder that the later work is connected to gifts O'Hara displayed as a young man. Read and recite these poems. Dance a little while you do . . ." -- Barbara Berman, The Rumpus

O'Hara on The Rumpus' Rumblr Tumber
Jun 14, 2013

The Rumpus features a poem as well as a link to Barbara Berman's review on The Rumpus

- Barbara Berman ,The Rumpus

The New York School Poets Blog
May 28, 2013

The New York School Poets Blog announces Poems Retrieved

- Andrew Epstein, The New York School Poets Blog

Poems Retrieved on The Volta
May 24, 2013

The Volta features Poems Retrieved as  "their pick" plus features a poem

- The Volta

Poems Retrieved on Radar's Tumbler Lookbook
May 20, 2013

Michelle Tea posts up about Poems Retrieved on Radar's Tumblr!

- Michelle Tea, Radar Productions

The Poetry Foundation

"It looks like an excellent complement to the selected and collected poems of O'Hara that have been in circulation for so long."--Harriet Staff, The Poetry Foundation

Amos Lassen

"[The poems] like O'Hara (was) are urbane and hip, filled with abstraction, humor, mystery, poignancy and lyricism. Here is what poetry was in the America of the 50s and 60s."

Library Journal

"O'Hara (1926–66) is widely known as a member of the New York School of poets, whose unyielding craving for artistic expression infused his poetry with the culture of painters, writers, critics, and the movement of 20th-century art in America. His work's primary source, however, remains a singular, inimitable force as he once exclaimed, 'Poetry is life to me.' O'Hara's poems record and then stay in the occasion happening, moving even among the static. 'Why are there flies on the floor/ in February, and the snow mushing outside/ and the cats asleep? Because you came/ back from Paris, to celebrate your return.' Companion to an earlier volume, Early Writings (1977), and the original Collected Poems (1971), this is a portion of an anticipated complete collected poems of O'Hara. American poet Bill Berkson’s introduction comments on O'Hara's self-described act of writing as 'at once as mysterious and practical as there has ever been of the relation of poetry to experience.' VERDICT Add to the aforementioned companion volumes to create a loose Collected, or let stand as is. Either way retrieve an O’Hara collection--he's essential."--Annalisa Pesek

The Official Frank O'Hara Website

News of Frank O'Hara's "Poems Retrieved" is announced!

- Maureen Granville-Smith

An excerpt from "Poems Retrieved" on the Poetry Society of America's website

An excerpt from Bill Berkson's introduction, plus 2 poems from the book are featured.

- Poetry Society of America

Andrew Sullivan and Alice Quinn feature the work of Frank O'Hara on "The Dish"
Apr 21, 2013

"Poem" by Frank O'Hara

- "The Dish"

"Newly Surfaced Footage of Frank O'Hara in Richard Moore’s USA: Poetry (1966)"
Dec 4, 2012

Newly surfaced footage of Frank O'Hara from a film by Richard Moore: USA: Poetry (1966). As noted in the video, O’Hara died a few weeks after this film was completed. "Suds in the lake / suds in my heart." Courtesy Thirteen/WNET New York, Richard O. Moore and the Estate of Frank O’Hara.

- Harriet Staff, Poetry Foundation

Chelsea Light Moving performs "Frank O'Hara Hit"
Jul 25, 2012

Thurston Moore says, "Today is July 25 and it's my birthday. I'm 54. This song is called Frank O'Hara Hit. And it's by this band I started called Chelsea Light Moving. Right now we're whipping around Europe playing some summer love-cry gigs. . . . "

- Chelsea Light Moving

"Frank O'Hara Hit"
Jun 1, 2012

Thurston Moore's new band, Chelsea Light Moving, performs "Frank O'Hara Hit," an ode to the bard Frank O'Hara.  City Lights will publish O'Hara's Poems Retrieved in May 2013. Video shot in Copenhagen, June 2012.

Don Draper does O'Hara
Aug 13, 2008

Mad Men's Don Draper recites Frank O'Hara's "Mayakovsky" on an episode from the 2008 season.