Modern Poets: Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems

From Museum of Modern Art:

Friday, June 8 and June 15, 2012

12:00 p.m., MoMA Sculpture Garden, east side (T3 in case of rain)

Free with Museum admission. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

In the 1960s, when poet Frank O’Hara worked at MoMA, he often spent his lunch breaks roaming the streets of midtown Manhattan, finding inspiration in the bustling city and its people, and writing poems about his encounters. For our special summer session of Modern Poets, two New York-based poets read their favorite Lunch Poems at lunchtime and then give you prompts and guidelines for hitting the streets and writing your own lunch poems.

June 8: Stefania Heim‘s poems have appeared in numerous publications including Harp & Altar, La Petite Zine, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and The Literary Review. She is the author of a chapbook, 3 Poems, published by handheld editions, and Founding Editor of CIRCUMFERENCE: Poetry in Translation. She teaches at Columbia University and Hunter College.

June 15: Wayne Koestenbaum has published fifteen books of poetry, criticism, and fiction, including Humiliation, The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background, Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films, Hotel Theory, and Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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