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Frank O’Hara

Yesterday Down at the Canal

You say that everything is very simple and interesting
it makes me feel very wistful, like reading a great
                                                 Russian novel does
I am terribly bored
sometimes it is like seeing a bad movie
other days, more often, it’s like having an acute disease
                                                           of the kidney
god knows it has nothing to do with the heart
nothing to do with people more interesting than myself
yak yak
that’s an amusing thought
how can anyone be more amusing than oneself
how can anyone fail to be
can i borrow your forty-five
I only need one bullet preferably silver
if you can’t be interesting at least you can be a legend
(but I hate all that crap)

Frank O’Hara, Lunch Poems. (City Lights Publishers; 1st edition, January 1, 2001) Originally published 1964.

 

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