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1a. The End of the Line 2

See if you can put the linebreaks in this baby…

 

Having a Coke with You
BY FRANK O’HARA

is even more fun than going to San Sebastian, Irún, Hendaye, Biarritz, Bayonne or being sick to my stomach on the Travesera de Gracia in Barcelona partly because in your orange shirt you look like a better happier St. Sebastian partly because of my love for you, partly because of your love for yoghurt partly because of the fluorescent orange tulips around the birches partly because of the secrecy our smiles take on before people and statuary it is hard to believe when I’m with you that there can be anything as still as solemn as unpleasantly definitive as statuary when right in front of it in the warm New York 4 o’clock light we are drifting back and forth between each other like a tree breathing through its spectacles and the portrait show seems to have no faces in it at all, just paint you suddenly wonder why in the world anyone ever did them I look at you and I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world except possibly for the Polish Rider occasionally and anyway it’s in the Frick which thank heavens you haven’t gone to yet so we can go together the first time and the fact that you move so beautifully more or less takes care of Futurism just as at home I never think of the Nude Descending a Staircase or at a rehearsal a single drawing of Leonardo or Michelangelo that used to wow me and what good does all the research of the Impressionists do them when they never got the right person to stand near the tree when the sun sank or for that matter Marino Marini when he didn’t pick the rider as carefully as the horse it seems they were all cheated of some marvellous experience which is not going to go wasted on me which is why I’m telling you about it.

Read the ANSWER HERE

To help, here is a video of Frank reading the poem.  What a cool guy!  (But not because he is smoking)

 

3 Comments leave one →
  1. nathanatthebluecoat permalink*
    July 15, 2009 3:11 pm

    Good effort by a member of staff here at the Bluecoat… what is the effect of this severe line-breaking?

    Having a Coke with You
    BY FRANK O’HARA

    is even more fun
    than going to San Sebastian,
    Irún,
    Hendaye,
    Biarritz,
    Bayonne or
    being sick to my stomach
    on the Travesera de Gracia in Barcelona partly
    because in your orange shirt
    you look
    like a better happier St. Sebastian
    partly because of my love for you,
    partly because of your love for yoghurt
    partly because of the fluorescent orange tulips around the birches
    partly because of the secrecy our smiles take on
    before people and statuary (is this word supposed to be here?)
    it is hard to believe
    when I’m with you
    that there can be anything as still
    as solemn
    as unpleasantly definitive
    as statuary
    when right in front of it
    in the warm New York 4 o’clock light
    we are drifting
    back
    and forth
    between each other like
    a tree
    breathing through its spectacles
    and the portrait show seems to have no faces in it at all,
    just paint
    you suddenly wonder why in the world anyone ever did them
    I look at you and I would rather
    look at you
    than all the portraits in the world
    except
    possibly
    for the Polish Rider
    occasionally
    and anyway it’s in the Frick which thank heavens you haven’t gone to yet
    so we can go together
    the first time and
    the fact that you move so beautifully
    more
    or less
    takes care of Futurism
    just as at home I never think of the Nude Descending a Staircase
    or at a rehearsal a single drawing of Leonardo or Michelangelo
    that used to wow me
    and what good does all the research of the Impressionists do them
    when they never got the right person
    to stand near
    the tree
    when the sun sank
    or for that matter
    Marino Marini when he didn’t pick the rider
    as carefully as the horse
    it seems they were all cheated
    of some marvellous experience
    which is not going to go wasted on me
    which is why
    I’m telling you
    about it

  2. nathanatthebluecoat permalink*
    July 22, 2009 11:10 am

    Even better shot at it by Sara Parsons, our curator…

    Having a Coke with You

    BY FRANK O’HARA

    is even more fun than going to San Sebastian, Irún, Hendaye, Biarritz, Bayonne

    or being sick to my stomach on the Travesera de Gracia in Barcelona

    partly because in your orange shirt you look like a better happier St. Sebastian

    partly because of my love for you, partly because of your love for yoghurt

    partly because of the fluorescent orange tulips around the birches

    partly because of the secrecy our smiles take on before people and statuary

    it is hard to believe when I’m with you that there can be anything as still

    as solemn as unpleasantly definitive as statuary when right in front of it

    in the warm New York 4 o’clock light we are drifting back and forth between each other

    like a tree breathing through its spectacles and the portrait show seems to have no faces in it at all,

    just paint you suddenly wonder why in the world anyone ever did them

    I look at you and I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world

    except possibly for the Polish Rider occasionally and anyway it’s in the Frick

    which thank heavens you haven’t gone to yet so we can go together the first time

    and the fact that you move so beautifully more or less takes care of Futurism

    just as at home I never think of the Nude Descending a Staircase

    or at a rehearsal a single drawing of Leonardo or Michelangelo that used to wow me

    and what good does all the research of the Impressionists do them when they never got the right person to stand near the tree when the sun sank

    or for that matter Marino Marini when he didn’t pick the rider as carefully as the horse it seems

    they were all cheated of some marvellous experience which is not going to go wasted on me

    which is why I’m telling you about it

  3. nathanatthebluecoat permalink*
    July 22, 2009 11:21 am

    and this, by Maura, our Literature Programmer. Just goes to show!

    Having a Coke with You
    BY FRANK O’HARA

    is even more fun than going to San Sebastian,

    Irún, Hendaye, Biarritz, Bayonne or

    being sick to my stomach

    on the Travesera de Gracia in Barcelona

    partly because in your orange shirt

    you look like a better happier St. Sebastian

    partly because of my love for you, partly because of your love for yoghurt

    partly because of the fluorescent orange tulips around the birches

    partly because of the secrecy our smiles take on

    before people and statuary

    it is hard to believe when I’m with you that

    there can be anything as still as solemn

    as unpleasantly definitive as statuary

    when right in front of it

    in the warm New York 4 o’clock light

    we are drifting back and forth between each other

    like a tree breathing through its spectacles and

    the portrait show seems to have no faces in it at all,

    just paint

    you suddenly wonder why in the world anyone ever did them

    I look at you and

    I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world

    except

    possibly

    for the Polish Rider

    occasionally and

    anyway it’s in the Frick which thank heavens

    you haven’t gone to yet so we can go together

    the first time and

    the fact that you move so beautifully more or less

    takes care of Futurism just as at home

    I never think of the Nude Descending a Staircase or

    at a rehearsal a single drawing of Leonardo or Michelangelo that

    used to wow me and

    what good does all the research of the Impressionists do them

    when they never got the right person to stand near the tree

    when the sun sank or

    for that matter

    Marino Marini when he didn’t pick the rider as

    Carefully as the horse

    it seems they were all cheated of some marvellous experience

    which is not going to go wasted on me which

    is why I’m telling you about it

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