Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O’Hara

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Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O’Hara

Difference, Homosexuality, Topography


October 1st, 2000

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Frank O’Hara’s poetry evokes a specific era and location: New York in the fifties and early sixties. This is a pre-computer age of typewritten manuscripts, small shops and lunch hours: it is also an age of gay repression, accelerating consumerism and race riots. Hazel Smith suggests that the location and dislocation of the cityscape creates ‘hyperscapes’ in the poetry of Frank O’Hara. The hyperscape is a postmodern site characterised by difference, breaking down unified concepts of text, city, subject and art, and remoulding them into new textual, subjective and political spaces. This book theorises the process of disruption and re-figuration which constitutes the hyperscape, and celebrates its radicality.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
1: Resituating O’Hara19
2: The Hyperscape and Hypergrace: The City and The Body64
3: In Memory of Metaphor: Metonymic Webs and the Deconstruction of Genre90
4: The Gay New Yorker: The Morphing Sexuality112
5: The Poem as Talkscape: Conversation, Gossip, Performativity, Improvisation146
6: Why I Am Not a Painter: Visual Art, Semiotic Exchange, Collaboration176
Coda: Moving the Landscapes205
Appendix: More Collaboration207
Select Bibliography210