Along with his earlier volume, Meditations in an Emergency, (which made a few cameo appearances in Mad Men), Frank O’Hara’s 1964 book, Lunch Poems is considered to be his strongest and most engaging collection. Originally published as number 19 in City Lights’ Pocket Poetry Series, the title refers to the fact that O’Hara’ actually wrote most of its poems during his lunch hour while working as an Assistant Curator at the Museum of Modern Art.
On the occasion of the 5oth anniversary of its publication, City Lights is reprinting Lunch Poems in an anniversary edition. Also in celebration, Justin Vivian Bond, Hettie Jones, Edmund Berrigan, Peter Schjeldahl, and dozens of other writers will read the entire collection at Saint Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery on June 11.
Saint Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery, Second Ave. at 1oth St., June 11 at 8:00pm, General Admission at the door: $8 / Students & Seniors $7 / Members $5 or Free, poetryproject.org.