Frank O'Hara

(27 March 1926 – 25 July 1966 / Baltimore, Maryland)

Frank O'Hara Poems

41. Song (Did You See Me Walking By The Buick Repairs?) 1/13/2003
42. Song (Is It Dirty) 1/13/2003
43. Spleen 1/13/2003
44. Steps 1/13/2003
45. The Day Lady Died 1/13/2003
46. The Eager Note On My Door Said "Call Me," 1/13/2003
47. To The Film Industry In Crisis 3/29/2012
48. To The Harbormaster 1/13/2003
49. Today 3/29/2012
50. V.R. Lang 1/13/2003
51. Why I Am Not A Painter 1/13/2003
52. Yesterday Down at the Canal 11/16/2016
Best Poem of Frank O'Hara

Why I Am Not A Painter

I am not a painter, I am a poet.
Why? I think I would rather be
a painter, but I am not. Well,

for instance, Mike Goldberg
is starting a painting. I drop in.
"Sit down and have a drink" he
says. I drink; we drink. I look
up. "You have SARDINES in it."
"Yes, it needed something there."
"Oh." I go and the days go by
and I drop in again. The painting
is going on, and I go, and the days
go by. I drop in. The painting is
finished. "Where's SARDINES?"
All that's left is just
letters, "It was too much," Mike says.

But me? One day I am thinking ...

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Call Me

The eager note on my door said "Call me,"
call when you get in!" so I quickly threw
a few tangerines into my overnight bag,
straightened my eyelids and shoulders, and

headed straight for the door. It was autumn
by the time I got around the corner, oh all
unwilling to be either pertinent or bemused, but
the leaves were brighter than grass on the sidewalk!

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