RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 61879841 LA English T1 Frank O'Hara : the poetics of coterie A1 Shaw, Lytle., PB University of Iowa Press PP Iowa City YR 2006 SN 0877459843 9780877459842 AB "In this synthesis of New York's artistic and literary worlds, Lytle Shaw uses the social and philosophical problems involved in "reading" a coterie to propose a new language for understanding the poet, art critic, and Museum of Modern Art curator Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)." "O'Hara's poems are famously filled with proper names - from those of his immediate friends and colleagues in the New York writing and art worlds to a broad range of popular cultural and literary heroes. But rather than understand O'Hara's most commonly referenced names as a fixed and insular audience, Shaw argues that he uses the ambiguities of reference associated with the names to invent a fluid and shifting kinship structure - one that opened up radical possibilities for a gay writer operating outside the structure of the family. Situating O'Hara within a range of debates about art's possible relations to its audience, Shaw demonstrates that his interest in coterie is less a symptomatic offshoot of his biography than a radical literary and artistic invention."--Jacket.