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Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O'HaraDifference, Homosexuality, Topography$
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Hazel Smith

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239949

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313301

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The Hyperscape and Hypergrace: The City and The Body

The Hyperscape and Hypergrace: The City and The Body

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(p.54) 2 The Hyperscape and Hypergrace: The City and The Body
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Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853239949.003.0003

This chapter argues that the simultaneous location and dislocation of the city in O'Hara's poetry opens up a radical reformulation of the cityscape as hyperscape. This reformulation occurs through the interface between the embodied subject and the city, in which each continuously remoulds the other, revealing new political and subjective spaces. It is possible because neither embodied subject nor city is static, unified, nor impermeable. The result of this reconfiguration, in its most radical form, is the hyperscape.

Keywords:   Frank O'Hara, New York, poetry, poems, cityscape, hyperscape

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