About

THE HEART

Frank O’Hara

I’m not going to cry all the time
nor shall I laugh all the time,
I don’ t prefer one “strain” to another.
I’d have the immediacy of a bad movie,
not just a sleeper, but also the big,
overproduced first-run kind. I want to be
at least as alive as the vulgar.  And if
some aficionado of my mess says “That’s
not like Frank!,” all to the good! I
don’t wear brown and grey suits all the time,
do I? No. I wear workshirts to the opera,
often. I want my feet to be bare,
I want my face to be shaven, and my heart —
you can’t plan on the heart, but
the better part of it, my poetry, is open.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Ms. Parks,
    I am the editor of the syndicate that suppies the daily crossword to USA Today.
    Your intemperate tweet was forwarded to me.

    Lee Salem
    Universal Uclick

    ‘No Man is an Island’

    No man is an island entire of itself; every man
    is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
    if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
    is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
    well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
    own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
    because I am involved in mankind.
    And therefore never send to know for whom
    the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

    Olde English Version
    No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe; every man
    is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine;
    if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe
    is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as
    well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine
    owne were; any mans death diminishes me,
    because I am involved in Mankinde;
    And therefore never send to know for whom
    the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

    MEDITATION XVII
    Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
    John Donne

    • Thanks for the poem. I’m not really sure if your comment is spam or not, because it seems slightly off-base? My Tweet pointed out that your crossword’s answer was supposed to be “Donne” — the esteemed poet’s name — which is, of course, NOT four letters long, which was the number of boxes your paper allotted. If you’re going to have John Donne as an answer, I’d suggest that your editors work much harder to actually spell his name right. That sort of thing is quite important when you’re trying to complete a crossword puzzle.

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