Frank Lima should have been a major poet, and this is your chance to catch up on his work. He was born in Spanish Harlem, had horrible and abusive parents, turned to crime and drugs before turning to poetry and falling under the guidance of Frank O’Hara.
He was critical of the Beat Generation. He wanted to get away from Harlem and the street life and they wanted to embrace and romanticize it.
Lima was a formally trained chef (who worked in the White House during the Kennedy administration).
Then he walked away from publicly writing for may years before returning.
All of this is very reductive and just the tip of the iceberg of his life and ALL of his depths are contained in his poetry.