San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1964. 1st Edition. 12mo, publisher's orange, blue and white stiff paper wraps.
New York poet O’Hara’s late, great collection of verses chronicling and celebrating everyday life in Cold War-era New York, written in Times Square, where the poet went during lunch breaks from his day job as an associate curator at the Museum of Modern Art. "It is 12:10 in New York and I am wondering / if I will finish this in time to meet Norman for lunch / ah lunch! I think I am going crazy / what with my terrible hangover and the weekend coming up / at excitement-prone Kenneth Koch's / I wish I were staying in town and working on my poems" (from "The Day Lady Died"). Published three years before the poet's untimely death at the age of 40. Number 19 in the publisher's Pocket Poets Series. Price of $1.25 printed on rear panel. Pencil price of $1.25 dated 1965 to top corner of upper wrap. Lightest toning and rubbing to spine, minor soiling to lower wrap. Withal, a nice, bright copy. Item #783