Frank O’Hara’s LUNCH POEMS, 50th Anniversary All-Star Reading

Friday, February 6, 2015
7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)

McRoskey Mattress Company, 3rd Floor
1687 Market Street (at Gough)
San Francisco, CA

From City Lights Books website:

Come celebrate 50 years of Frank O’Hara’s LUNCH POEMS with a reading of the book in its entirety by local writers, artists, and more special guests including Bill Berkson, Joanne Kyger, David Meltzer, Michael McClure, Clark Coolidge, Kathleen Fraser, Michael Palmer, Norma Cole, Dodie Bellamy, & others TBA! Held at the McRoskey Mattress Co. located at 1687 Market Street at Gough in San Francisco.

Admission is $10 ($5 low income & free to SFSU students & Poetry Center members)

Cosponsored by The Poetry Center, The Green Arcade, and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

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Lunch Poems: 50th Anniversary Edition

Hardcover Edition
Release Date: June 10, 2014

Preface by John Ashbery
Editor’s Note by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lunch Poems: 50th Anniversary

From City Lights Books:

Lunch Poems, first published in 1964 as Number 19 in the Pocket Poets series, is widely considered to be Frank O’Hara’s freshest and most accomplished collection of poetry. This new, expanded 50th Anniversary edition includes a preface by O’Hara’s friend and fellow poet, John Ashbery, an editor’s note by City Lights publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and a selection of previously unpublished correspondence between Ferlinghetti and O’Hara.

Poetry Project Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Lunch Poems

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
8:00 pm

The Poetry Project
at St. Marks Church
131 E. 10th Street
New York, NY 10003

City Lights and The Poetry Project present a reading of Lunch Poems in its entirety on Wednesday, June 11th, 8pm. With Justin Vivian Bond, Peter Schjeldahl, Hettie Jones, David Shapiro, Tony Towle, Michael Lally, Edmund Berrigan, John Godfrey, Trisha Low, Trace Peterson, David Henderson, Patricia Spears Jones, Edwin Torres, Charles North, Karen Weiser, Simone White, Adam Fitzgerald, Vincent Katz, Erica Hunt, Andrew Durbin, John Coletti, Jacqueline Waters, Bruce Andrews, Sharon Mesmer, Vyt Bakaitis, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Arlo Quint, Lisa Jarnot, Lee Ann Brown, Kimberly Lyons, Marcella Durand and more to be announced.

Poems Retrieved – New Edition

Poems Retrieved by Frank O'HaraPoems Retrieved by Frank O’Hara
New Paperback Edition – May 7, 2013
Edited by Donald Allen
Introduction by Bill Berkson
Published by City Lights Books

From City Lights website:

Originally published under Donald Allen’s classic Grey Fox Press imprint, Poems Retrieved is a substantial part of Frank O’Hara’s oeuvre, containing over 200 pages of previously unpublished poetry discovered after the publication of his posthumous Collected Poems in 1971. Featuring a new introduction by O’Hara expert and friend, poet and art critic Bill Berkson, Poems Retrieved has been completely reformatted and is essential for any reader of twentieth century poetry. As Berkson writes, “The breadth of what Frank O’Hara took to be poetry is reflected in the many kinds of poems he wrote. . . . Turning the pages of any of his collections, you wonder what he didn’t turn his hand to, what variety of poem he left untried or didn’t, in some cases, as if in passing, anticipate.”

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Celebrating the re-release of Poems Retrieved

Readings and discussion with Bill Berkson and Richard O. Moore celebrating the re-release of Poems Retrieved by Frank O’Hara, published by City Lights Books.

Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7:00 P.M.
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
For more info go to City Lights Books events page.

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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Exhibition: Tibor de Nagy Gallery Painters & Poets – Celebrating 60 Years

Tibor de Nagy Gallery
724 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
January 15 – March 5, 2011

From Tibor de Nagy Gallery press release:

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery marks its 60th anniversary with “Tibor de Nagy Gallery Painters and Poets,” an exhibition celebrating the gallery’s pivotal role in launching the New York School of Poets and fostering a new collaborative ethos among poets and painters in post-War New York….  The show features paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, Alfred Leslie, Trevor Winkfield, Nell Blaine, Joe Brainard, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, Jane Freilicher and Fairfield Porter; poetry collections published by the gallery’s imprint, Tibor de Nagy Editions, and featuring work by Frank O’Hara, Kenneth Koch, James Schuyler, John Ashbery, Barbara Guest and others, with illustrations by Tibor de Nagy artists; photographs and films by Rudy Burckhardt; letters, announcement cards and other ephemera; and archival photographs of leading cultural figures of the day by John Gruen and Fred McDarrah.

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Reading at The New School – “The Tibor de Nagy Gallery: Over Sixty Years of Poets and Painters”

An evening of poetry, film clips and reminiscences about the Tibor de Nagy Gallery’s role in shaping New York’s post-War literary and artistic vanguard. With poets John Ashbery, Bill Berkson and Ron Padgett; artist and filmmaker Alfred Leslie; and scholars Jenni Quilter and Douglas Crase, whose essays comprise the catalog for the exhibition “Tibor de Nagy Gallery Painters and Poets.” Moderated by Robert Polito, director, The New School Writing Program.

January 31, 2011
6:30 PM

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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Poèmes déjeuner

Lunch Poems (1964) by Frank O’Hara – first French translation —

Poèmes déjeuner by Frank O’Hara
Translated by Olivier Brossard and Ron Padgett
Afterword and notes by Olivier Brossard
Cover photo: Saul Leiter

Poèmes déjeunerPublished by éditions joca seria – Nantes, France
éditions joca seria website

Format: 15 x 20 cm
112 pages
Isbn: 9782848091419

The Correspondence of Kenneth Koch & Frank O’Hara 1955-1956 Part I and II

“this pertains to me which means to me you” – The Correspondence of Kenneth Koch & Frank O’Hara 1955-1956 Part I and II

Editor: Josh Schneiderman
Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative

Project Description (from The Center for the Humanities, CUNY website)
this pertains to me which means to me you is a selection of correspondence between Kenneth Koch and Frank O’Hara. The letters, which were written over an eighteen-month period from 1955 to 1956, provide an account of the poets’ important, if often overlooked, friendship. Full of poems, literary gossip, and nods to artistic influences, Koch and O’Hara’s correspondence also chronicles a key moment in what would come to be know as the New York School of poets.

Part I: 38 pp, soft-bound, stapled

Part II: 34 pp, soft-bound, stapled
The Correspondence of Kenneth Koch & Frank O'Hara