Modern Poetry 306
Having a Coke with You
Frank O’Hara was a neat modern poet .He was indulgent in the arts and was also a participant as a critic. He was special in the fact that he participated in the other arts as much as he did poetry. He once said that he would much rather be a painter but he knew he was not. He had cleaver ways of putting his criticism of art in mediums weather poetry or paintings. To me he was unique and valued to the craft because he was just as much a fan as a contributor.
“After all,” he wrote, “only Whitman and Crane and Williams, of the American poets, are better than the movies.” O’Hara enjoyed the arts freely and unpretentiously, taking in a ballet as frequently and casually as one might see a movie. In “Having a Coke with You” he writes:
at you and I would rather look at you than all
the portraits in the world
except possibly for the Polish Rider occasionally
and anyway it’s in the Frick
which thank heavens you haven’t gone to yet so
we can go together for the first time
and the fact that you move so beautifully more
or less takes care of Futurism
just as at home I never think of the Nude
Descending a Staircase
He to me is one of the honest poets I’ve ever read or at least he portrays himself to be. His language is disarming and conversational, yet there is a definite genius at work please look up some of his work a see what you think.