p.d.s. 2 – jazz

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o_hara_frank

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The Day Lady Died

Frank O’Hara

It is 12:20 in New York a Friday
three days after Bastille day, yes
it is 1959 and I go get a shoeshine
because I will get off the 4:19 in Easthampton
at 7:15 and then go straight to dinner
and I don’t know the people who will feed me

I walk up the muggy street beginning to sun
and have a hamburger and a malted and buy
an ugly NEW WORLD WRITING to see what the poets
in Ghana are doing these days
I go on to the bank
and Miss Stillwagon (first name Linda I once heard)
doesn’t even look up my balance for once in her life
and in the GOLDEN GRIFFIN I get a little Verlaine
for Patsy with drawings by Bonnard although I do
think of Hesiod, trans. Richmond Lattimore or
Brendan Behan’s new play or Le Balcon or Les Nègres
of Genet, but I don’t, I stick with Verlaine
after practically going to sleep with quandariness

and for Mike I just stroll into the PARK LANE
Liquor Store and ask for a bottle of Strega and
then I go back where I came from to 6th Avenue
and the tobacconist in the Ziegfeld Theatre and
casually ask for a carton of Gauloises and a carton
of Picayunes, and a NEW YORK POST with her face on it

and I am sweating a lot by now and thinking of
leaning on the john door in the 5 SPOT
while she whispered a song along the keyboard
to Mal Waldron and everyone and I stopped breathing

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Si, desigur, Lady:

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4 comentarii pe “p.d.s. 2 – jazz”

  1. luiza Says:

    eu am început cu frank. crecă se simte iubit acuma:)

  2. zum Says:

    si eu era sa incep cu el. bine ca m-am razgandit, altfel cred ca si-ar fi luat un pic nasul la purtare🙂

  3. r. Says:

    Dar ii sta asa de bine cand si-l ia…🙂

  4. zum Says:

    @ r.: si asta-i drept🙂


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