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Frank O’Hara

Words! be
sick as I am sick, swoon,
roll back your eyes, a pool,

and I’ll stare down
at my wounded beauty
which at best is only a talent
for poetry.

— Frank O’Hara, from “Mayakovsky,” The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara. (University of California Press March 31, 1995)

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