This month at the Poetry Room we are entering sixties Manhattan through the playful, provocative poetry of Frank O’ Hara. His book Lunch Poems (City Lights,1964) is infamously titled after the poet’s ability to write poems in his lunch hour and shaped a generation of poetry writers and readers. Portable enough to slide into a pocket, Lunch Poems has been called a map of New York. Its tone, like its title, is deliberately and delightfully anti-poetic.
We will be looking at the following poems in particular:
The Day Lady Died
How To Get There
St. Paul and All That
Poem (Lana Turner has collapsed!)
On Rachmaninoff’s Birthday (Quick! a last poem before I go)
A Step Away from Them
Mary Desti’s Ass
Come and enjoy a little retro New York in Newcastle. As ever, we’ll be meeting on the first Tuesday of the month (5 February) from 6pm-8pm at City Library, Newcastle. Find us on the third floor – turn right out of the lifts and keep walking. If you’ve never been before, make this the month!