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This review is from: The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara (Paperback)
There are some books you find -- rarely -- that make you glad to be alive, that remind you why you spend time reading poetry: and this is one of them. O'Hara wrote in a style that has been copied but never equalled. He has amazing intelligence and, what is rarer for a poet, happiness. I can't remember ever reading poetry that captured the spark and rhythm of colloquial speech so vividly; that sounded so free, so unacademic. Poems about movies, about coffee and love, surrealist poems about pelicans . . . O'Hara's poems were also written for people, and reading them you get the sense of a poetry that is (rather like sixteenth-century court poems) actually written for particular people to hear. A poem about marriage that is actually for two of his friends' marriage, for example. He didn't write just to get a book of poems published!