Saturday, July 30, 2011

52 Poems (week 20)

Was watching a silly, modern teenage version of an old romantic story but found a relatively unsullied poem in the middle of it. Frank O'Hara's 'Having a Coke With You' has that romance of observation to it, the type of notice that rarely happens but could make a person fall in love simply from being loved so well.
Having a Coke with You
is even more fun than going to San Sebastian, IrĂșn, Hendaye, Biarritz, Bayonne
or being sick to my stomach on the Travesera de Gracia in Barcelona
partly because in your orange shirt you look like a better happier St. Sebastian
partly because of my love for you, partly because of your love for yoghurt...

O'Hara, who died young after being hit by a dune buggy, reads the full poem here, not necessarily with any style or feeling, but the poem in full, in his own voice, is here nonetheless.

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