Meditations in an Emergency

Frank O'Hara


Grove Press, New York, 1957. First Trade Edition. Softcover. 54pp., 5.5 x 8 inches

Near Fine. Slight fading to spine, minor bumping to top corner of interior pages. An unusually clean copy of a book often found in poor condition.

O’Hara’s third collection of poetry, dedicated to the painter Jane Freilicher. The title poem first appeared in the November 1954 issue of "Poetry: A Magazine of Verse", founded by Harriet Monroe in 1912.  First trade edition of his first full-length collection of poems. One of 900 copies.  

"It is easy to be beautiful; it is difficult to appear so. I admire you, beloved, for the trap you’ve set. It's like a final chapter no one reads because the plot is over."

- From the title poem by O'Hara