One need never leave the / confines of New York to get all the greenery one wishes -- I can't / even enjoy a blade of grass unless I know there's a subway / handy, or a record store or some other sign that people do not / totally regret life.O'Hara (who died in 1966 at the age of 40 after a freak accident in which he was hit by a dune buggy on Fire Island) wrote one of my all-time favorite poems. It's called "Ave Maria" and it begins: "Mothers of America / let your kids go to the movies ..."
Thursday, June 23, 2005
"One need never leave"
Frank O'Hara is remembered with lines from his poem "Meditations in an Emergency," with its echo of Whitman's famous volume in the third line here: