This chapter explores ideas of identification and the self through a ‘close reading’ of O'Hara's ‘For Grace, After a Party’. This close reading is itself a questioning of the implications of the idea of close reading. The chapter pursues, by means of Keats, Reverdy and queer poetics, an investigation of the peculiar form of intimacy that is enacted in the encounter between poet and reader. It argues that the ‘limit’ of solitude is probed by the illocutionary act of the poem. This occurs in especially self-conscious and intense ways in ‘For Grace, After a Party’, as it tests the borders of ‘closeness’.
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