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Lunch Poems

Lunch Poems - Frank O'Hara 3 1/2

I wanted to like this more than I did. Maybe my hopes were set too high.

Anyway, O'Hara's lack of punctuation makes the reading difficult. He would often end a sentence and start a new one in the middle of a line, without any punctuation, so I would have to read it twice just to get the rhythm right. There were also some obscure cultural references without any explanations. They might have worked at the time of the original publication, but not as much fifty or so years later.

That being said, there are some good lines here. I might have to revisit this collection to see if any of the poems stand out. Of course, being published by City Lights, one need not worry about it being too stodgy or formal.