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on 15 November 2006
Has there ever been a more friendly, inventive and uplifting little book of poetry than O'Hara's Lunch Poems? I doubt it. Packed with urban panoramas and New York street life yet resolutely bouncy, this tiny volume has taken me to many exciting avenues of the mind and is one I've taken with me to many places in return. Beneath its chatty, camp and humorous surface lurks one of the most fertile imaginations of the twentieth century. Includes 'A Step Away from Them', 'The Day Lady Died', 'Ave Maria' and 'Hotel Particulier'.
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on 6 March 2013
Last year was the first year of my undergraduate in Literature and I was so, unbelievably, relieved when this book was introduced to me. Frank O'Hara is touching, funny and unusual in style and I fell in love with some of his pieces, would recommend to anyone. They're not just appropriate for a literature student either as his style sets him apart from the other, in my opinion quite stuffy and regimented, poets I've come across. He abolishes rhyme and often has a very un-regular schema in place (yes, I lack the words to describe him- just try it!).

Above all the simple, un-pretentious, title 'Lunch Poems' reflects well his character and writing style- he wrote these poems whilst on his lunchs breaks (during his job as an art curator) in New York. He likes to tell it as it is.
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on 11 April 2001
O'Hara pioneered the 'conversational' poem: 'I do this, I do that'; it's not art, but it's charming, and a must for anyone au fait with the New York School scene of the 1950s: LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), Jackson Pollock and other NY regulars crop up frequently, often meeting O'Hara for lunch, his "favorite meal".
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on 22 January 2016
O'Hara is my favourite poet and this book is great in size, meaning I can take it wherever and includes some of his most famous poems
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on 17 February 2016
Didn't particularly enjoy the poems, easy to read and analyse for university but not my cup of tea.
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on 15 March 2015
Great book and well written.
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on 15 April 2016
Nice book of poems
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on 27 December 2013
Even if you don't like poetry this is well worth the read, O'Hara was brilliant at presenting a scene and a mood which makes you feel like you're in it.
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on 9 April 2010
well the hype of the beat era is alive and well in this cute pocket edition
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