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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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Close Writing

Close Writing

(p.120) Close Writing
Frank O'Hara Now
Keston Sutherland
Liverpool University Press

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’.

Keywords:   Frank O'Hara, identification, self, poetry, For Grace After a Party

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