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Frank O'Hara NowNew Essays on the New York Poet$
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Robert Hampson and Will Montgomery

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312311

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316067

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Frank O'Hara, Alfred Leslie and the Making of The Last Clean Shirt

Frank O'Hara, Alfred Leslie and the Making of The Last Clean Shirt

(p.163) Frank O'Hara, Alfred Leslie and the Making of The Last Clean Shirt
Frank O'Hara Now

Kane Daniel

Liverpool University Press

This chapter presents a detailed account of Alfred Leslie's The Last Clean Shirt, which brings a new perspective to bear on O'Hara's relationship to film. It discusses O'Hara's involvement with Leslie and the burgeoning filmic counterculture of the New American cinema. It elucidates O'Hara's cannibalizing of his own texts to produce the subtitles for the film and shows how, thus recontextualized, O'Hara's words draw into their orbit not the uptown gallery scene, but the Lower East Side world of Ginsberg and the Beats. In so doing, it unearths a grubbier, more seditious O'Hara, for whom playfulness and camp are shadowed by an investment in the emerging counterculture.

Keywords:   Frank O'Hara, Alfred Leslie, film, New American cinema, counterculture

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