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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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Memory Pieces: Collage, Memorial and the Poetics of Intimacy in Joe Brainard, Jasper Johns and Frank O'Hara

Memory Pieces: Collage, Memorial and the Poetics of Intimacy in Joe Brainard, Jasper Johns and Frank O'Hara

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(p.229) Memory Pieces: Collage, Memorial and the Poetics of Intimacy in Joe Brainard, Jasper Johns and Frank O'Hara
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Frank O'Hara Now
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Nick Selby
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846312311.003.0016

This chapter presents a reading of O'Hara alongside examples of work by his artist friends and collaborators Joe Brainard and Jasper Johns. It argues that O'Hara's sense of his poetry — and indeed his body — as a self-aware performance unpicks, as it were, the textual stitches in which authenticity and feelingness might be located. The chapter examines the work of O'Hara, Brainard and Johns work in terms of a poetics of collage and how such a poetics might be seen to open out questions of what — literally — to put in the picture. If, for Brainard, memory and feelingness are key elements to his art and writing, this is also true of the elegiac pieces made by Johns that reflect upon his friendship with O'Hara. What unites these works is their questioning of the efficacy of a poetics of elegy and of touch.

Keywords:   Frank O'Hara, Joe Brainard, Jasper Johns, poetry, poetics, collage, memory, feelingness

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