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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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‘In Fatal Winds’: Frank O'hara and Morton Feldman

‘In Fatal Winds’: Frank O'hara and Morton Feldman

(p.195) ‘In Fatal Winds’: Frank O'hara and Morton Feldman
Frank O'Hara Now
Will Montgomery
Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the relationship between O'Hara and Morton Feldman, who twice set to music O'Hara's ‘Wind’, a short poem dedicated to the composer. O'Hara wrote the sleeve notes for Feldman's first long-player and at one point considered collaborating with Feldman. The chapter considers the equivocal notion of freedom that is developed in ‘Wind’ and explores the poem's relationship to the much longer ‘Ode to Michael Goldberg ('s Birth and Other Births)’. The chapter finds in both O'Hara and Feldman, each of whom had an intense affiliation with the art and artists of Abstract Expressionism, a mode of working that does not sit easily with the liberatory ambitions of gestural art.

Keywords:   Frank O'Hara, Morton Feldman, composers, Wind, freedom, Michael Goldber, Abstract Expression

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