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Frank O'Hara’s Lunch Poems

Friday, June 8, 2012
12:00 p.m.

In the 1960s, when poet Frank O’Hara worked at MoMA, he often spent his lunch breaks roaming the streets of midtown Manhattan, finding inspiration in the bustling city and its people and writing poems about his encounters. For our special summer session of Modern Poets, two New York–based poets read their favorite Lunch Poems and then give you prompts and guidelines for hitting the streets and writing your own.

Stefania Heim's poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Harp & Altar, La Petite Zine, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and The Literary Review. She is the author of a chapbook, 3 Poems, published by handheld editions, and is founding editor of CIRCUMFERENCE: Poetry in Translation. She teaches at Columbia University and Hunter College.

Revitalizing Frank O'Hara's legacy and MoMA's historical commitment to poetry, this series invites poets and performers to bring the literary tradition to the Museum's collection. They read historical works and their own work that reflects on modern and contemporary art.



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