Friday, March 07, 2008

Poem by Frank O'Hara

This week's is a lighthearted, stream-of-consciousness poem by Frank O'Hara. Enjoy.


Lana Turner has collapsed!
I was trotting along and suddenly
it started raining and snowing
and you said it was hailing
but hailing hits you on the head
hard so it was really snowing and
raining and I was in such a hurry
to meet you but the traffic
was acting exactly like the sky
and suddenly I see a headline
LANA TURNER HAS COLLAPSED!
there is no snow in Hollywood
there is no rain in California
I have been to lots of parties
and acted perfectly disgraceful
but I never actually collapsed
oh Lana Turner we love you get up



Frank O'Hara became one of the most distinguished members of the New York School of poets, which also included John Ashbery, James Schuyler, and Kenneth Koch. O'Hara's association with the painters Larry Rivers, Jackson Pollock, and Jasper Johns, also leaders of the New York School, became a source of inspiration for his highly original poetry. He attempted to produce with words the effects these artists had created on canvas.

16 Comments:

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dear Dwight, I am placing my comment here because Frank didn't have any comments and I thought he might be lonely. As is, I just discovered your site in the featured blogs. Looks like this is one I will be back to time and time again.

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Anonymous take it easy said...

I think Frank looks lonely, too. I love this poem.

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Blogger SOUL&WORD said...

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Blogger Arquelino said...

I don't write poetry in english but frankly I liked this poem in particular.
Thanks for publishing this blog.

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Blogger Patty said...

thanks so much for this poem. gives me a different view of o'hara than the one i got from reading the recent new yorker piece on o'hara. i was reluctant to pursue o'hara because i got the impression from the article that o'hara was so unhappy and didn't particularly enjoy writing poetry. but this poem is a wondeful blend of intense, serious, and funny. i will now look for more by him. and thank you for your blog. i just discovered it today but will be back often.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i feel like this is likening life and parties and the crazy snow and rain are the shit we deal with and we keep trottin along and when someone falls its turned into a joke but when she 'fell in real life' it was like, oh... Man.
maybe i'm totally off. but that was crazy and fun to think about.

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