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Meditations in an Emergency
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2009
Like many people, I became interested in Frank O'Hara's Meditations in an Emergency when it was featured in the second season of the TV series Mad Men. I expected a set of contemplative verses, suitable for reading late at night or during peaceful interludes of the day. Some of the poems do fit into this category; others are like random jottings made during the course of a hectic life, some happy, some sad, some purely whimsical. Mad Men reflects O'Hara's style with its' mix of 1960's jazz age, uncertainties and quiet melancholy. This collection provides a good starting point for both his work and his contemporaries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2009
even if you don't like poetry just give it a read. The title poem and the final one in the collection feels like he is speaking to me personally.
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on 14 October 2012
Purchase inspired by Mad Men, but turned out to be more inspiring than I had even anticipated.An excellent purchase, highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2009
This book was a gift following its placement in the second series of Mad Men.This book of poetry has been described as enjoyable by the receipient.
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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Not so much about the content of the book, obviously, but this is a very cheap copy with low quality stock and cover. I would expect a better quality book for that price.
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2 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2009
Meditations is what O'Hara does. He had been dead for many decades before the cynical exploitation by the makers of 'Mad Men' show-cased his work. If you love unselfconscious, confident, joyous and profound poetry this is for you. If you sit in a chair hoping to be entertained by TV and making the conection that you engage in interlectual debate by your process of 'trawling' media - let's face it, it's beyond you!
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