Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me (Hardcover)

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Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me (Hardcover)


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“Ada Calhoun has given us a poised, magnificent memoir on family, her father, and of huge emotional and personal exploration. She delivers an unveiled perspective on capital ā€˜Lā€™ literary New York. This one shines brilliantly for all to see.”
— Scott Abel, Solid State Books, Washington, DC

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I'm not here to tell you how to live your life, but if I were you, I'd pick up Ada Calhoun's wonderful memoir Also a Poet with a copy of Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems and spend my summer just basking in the world of the New York arts scene during the 60s and 70s.

— Lindsay

A staggering memoir from New York Times-bestselling author Ada Calhoun tracing her fraught relationship with her father and their shared obsession with a great poet

When Ada Calhoun stumbled upon old cassette tapes of interviews her father, celebrated art critic Peter Schjeldahl, had conducted for his never-completed biography of poet Frank O'Hara, she set out to finish the book her father had started forty years earlier.

As a lifelong O'Hara fan who grew up amid his bohemian cohort in the East Village, Calhoun thought the project would be easy, even fun, but the deeper she dove, the more she had to face not just O'Hara's past, but also her father's, and her own.

The result is a groundbreaking and kaleidoscopic memoir that weaves compelling literary history with a moving, honest, and tender story of a complicated father-daughter bond. Also a Poet explores what happens when we want to do better than our parents, yet fear what that might cost us; when we seek their approval, yet mistrust it.

In reckoning with her unique heritage, as well as providing new insights into the life of one of our most important poets, Calhoun offers a brave and hopeful meditation on parents and children, artistic ambition, and the complexities of what we leave behind.

Ada Calhoun is the New York Times bestselling author of St. Marks Is Dead, Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give, and Why We Can't Sleep. She has written for the New York Times, the New Republic, and the Washington Post.
Product Details ISBN: 9780802159786
ISBN-10: 0802159788
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: June 14th, 2022
Pages: 272
Language: English