Let us compare then, you and I

I think it is undeniable that Frank O’Hara’s “To the Harbormaster” is based in some part on Shakespeare’s sonnet number 117. Either that, or we can just take comfort from the fact that the same metaphors have been used by two minds from across the ages to express the same idea. Sonnett 117by William Shakespeare Accuse me thus: that I have scanted allWherein I should your great deserts repay, Forgot upon your dearest love to call, Whereto all bonds do tie me day by day; That I have frequent been with unknown minds And given to time your own dear-purchased…

Let us compare then, you and I

I think it is undeniable that Frank O’Hara’s “To the Harbormaster” is based in some part on Shakespeare’s sonnet number 117. Either that, or we can just take comfort from the fact that the same metaphors have been used by two minds from across the ages to express the same idea. Sonnett 117by William Shakespeare Accuse me thus: that I have scanted allWherein I should your great deserts repay, Forgot upon your dearest love to call, Whereto all bonds do tie me day by day; That I have frequent been with unknown minds And given to time your own dear-purchased…

Saturday of Winter Carnival, sigh

I’m a little bit drunk, in a conference room in Fairchild, with dozens and dozens of my poems laid out on the table, drawing diagrams and writing epigrams on a whiteboard, moving in and out of landscapes, frames of mind. Hilary is writing a chapter for her art history thesis on early modern portraiture, Andrew is working on his earth sciences thesis about core samples and climate change… I am working on my poems. Hah. Anyway, just need to record this moment in time when this I cannot think of another poem I have ever loved more than “To the…

Saturday of Winter Carnival, sigh

I’m a little bit drunk, in a conference room in Fairchild, with dozens and dozens of my poems laid out on the table, drawing diagrams and writing epigrams on a whiteboard, moving in and out of landscapes, frames of mind. Hilary is writing a chapter for her art history thesis on early modern portraiture, Andrew is working on his earth sciences thesis about core samples and climate change… I am working on my poems. Hah. Anyway, just need to record this moment in time when this I cannot think of another poem I have ever loved more than “To the…

Poem (a la recherche du Gertrude Stein)

Objectively this is not one of his better poems, but I still love it right now. Enemies – “yours in you and mine in me” – le sigh. POEM (À LA RECHERCHE DU GERTRUDE STEIN) By FRANK O’HARA When I am feeling depressed and anxious and sullenall you have to do is take your clothes offand all is wiped away revealing life’s tendernessthat we are flesh and breathe and are near usas you are really as you are I become as Ireally am alive and knowing vaguely what isand what is important to me above the intrusionsof incident and accidental…

Poem (a la recherche du Gertrude Stein)

Objectively this is not one of his better poems, but I still love it right now. Enemies – “yours in you and mine in me” – le sigh. POEM (À LA RECHERCHE DU GERTRUDE STEIN) By FRANK O’HARA When I am feeling depressed and anxious and sullenall you have to do is take your clothes offand all is wiped away revealing life’s tendernessthat we are flesh and breathe and are near usas you are really as you are I become as Ireally am alive and knowing vaguely what isand what is important to me above the intrusionsof incident and accidental…