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July 28, 2009


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Superb post. I have a sentimental attachment to the old O'Hara "Lunch Poems," but Grace Hartigan's cover for "Oranges" here wins the laurels. A perfect metonymy.

I think Mr. Don Share refers to the Larry Rivers cover of O'Hara's Collected Poems is the mixed media collage, "O'Hara Nude with Boots (1954). It was use again Selected because it was rejected or withdrawn the first time, I believe. It's not the black and pink one. Here's a link:

Thanks, David!

Carl-- you're absolutely right-- I've changed the link above. Thank you so much.


Wow--that cover for 'Lunch Poems' just pops with colour. Beautiful. It also uses the Albertus typeface designed by Berthold Wolpe, who designed lots of poetry covers for Faber & Faber.

that oranges cover reminds me of a picture I took many years ago on Christmas morning...

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