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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 Poem as Talkscape: Conversation, Gossip, Performativity, Improvisation

The Poem as Talkscape: Conversation, Gossip, Performativity, Improvisation

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(p.136) 5 The Poem as Talkscape: Conversation, Gossip, Performativity, Improvisation
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Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853239949.003.0006

This chapter examines the way in which Frank O'Hara's poems inhabit spoken, performative, and improvised modes to create ‘talkscapes’, and contextualises the role of talk in O'Hara's poetry in terms of community, camp, gossip, and gayspeak. It also links the talkscape to O'Hara's creative process, his mode of writing, through the concept of improvisation. The connection between product and process in O'Hara's poetry is overt, but has often been discussed in terms of his relationship to Abstract Expressionism. The chapter theorises a new way of conceiving the relationship through the concept of improvisation.

Keywords:   Frank O'Hara, New York, poets, poetry, improvisation, talkscapes

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