Frank O’Hara is one of the most important twentieth century American poets & this is the 50th Anniversary of his very popular, and, in many people’s minds, his most important publication.
Hardcover, limited gift edition with previously unpublished materials in appendix including facsimile reproductions of select poems from the original manuscript, letters between O’Hara and Ferlinghetti and Don Allen about the making of the book, as well as photos.
Terrific reception to Poems Retrieved published last season (see quotes from blurbers below). Plus, excerpts on The Daily Beast, Poetry Society of America web site, The Volta, review on the Rumpus, and more.
Pop culture reveals continued reverence for the poet: Several episodes of season 2 of the television series Mad Men reference O’Hara’s collection of poetry, Meditations in an Emergency. The first episode shows lead character Don Draper reading from it, as does the last episode, which uses the book’s title as its episode title. In the twelfth episode, Don Draper finds his copy of Meditations in an Emergency in Anna Draper’s home in California.
Sales of HOWL anniversary hardcover edition have been consistently strong since published in 1995 — 27,500 copies in print.