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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 Gay New Yorker: The Morphing Sexuality

The Gay New Yorker: The Morphing Sexuality

(p.102) 4 The Gay New Yorker: The Morphing Sexuality
Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara
Liverpool University Press

This chapter introduces the concept of a non-essentialist gay identity and a ‘morphing’ sexuality. It suggests that Frank O'Hara is a non-essentialist gay poet whose work presents a ‘morphing’ sexuality, in which one type of sexuality continuously turns into another, producing an ongoing reworking, fundamental to the hyperscape, of the ontological categories masculine/feminine, friendship/sexuality, sex/gender, and homosexual/heterosexual.

Keywords:   Frank O'Hara, New York, gay identity, gay poets, poetry, hyperscape

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