Meditations in an Emergency

Frank O'Hara


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

Very Good with the crown of the spine very minorly bumped and slight fading to the spine. Small, faint .5 cm rub to the lower wrapper. Otherwise, a square, clean copy with crisp pages and sound binding. Previous owner signature to the title page from noted San Francisco poet Ron Loewinsohn.

A beautiful copy of 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.

"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