This chapter explores Frank O'Hara's relationship with Europe. Noting his apparent endorsement of a typically isolationist view of the US, it presents a reading of O'Hara's poetry for its encounter with French poetry, particularly the writing of Pierre Reverdy. It suggests that O'Hara's long-standing affinities with French poetry enabled a poetic undermining of the heroic, freedom-loving individualism embodied in Cold War accounts of artists such as Jackson Pollock.
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