Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Morning Reading: "oh Lana Turner we love you get up"

Lana Turner collapse

Poem [Lana Turner has collapsed!]
Frank O’Hara
Lana Turner has collapsed! 
I was trotting along and suddenly 
it started raining and snowing
and you said it was hailing
but hailing hits you on the head
hard so it was really snowing and 
raining and I was in such a hurry 
to meet you but the traffic
was acting exactly like the sky
and suddenly I see a headline 
there is no snow in Hollywood
there is no rain in California
I have been to lots of parties
and acted perfectly disgraceful 
but I never actually collapsed 
oh Lana Turner we love you get up


After last week's Tony Hoagland reading at UC Irvine, in response to a question about humor and poetry, Hoagland recited this O'Hara poem. So here it is. Enjoy.

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