Frank O'Hara

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

Yesterday Down at the Canal - Poem by Frank O'Hara

You say that everything is very simple and interesting
it makes me feel very wistful, like reading a great Russian novel does
i am terribly bored
sometimes it is like seeing a bad movie
other days, more often, it's like having an acute disease of the kidney
god knows it has nothing to do with the heart
nothing to do with people more interesting than myself
yak yak
that's an amusing thought
how can anyone be more amusing than oneself
how can anyone fail to be
can i borrow your forty-five
i only need one bullet preferably silver
if you can't be interesting at least you can be a legend
(but i hate all that crap)


Comments about Yesterday Down at the Canal by Frank O'Hara

  • Susan Williams (2/16/2017 3:39:00 PM)


    Frightening in its darkness- is this the mind of clinical depression? If so, they live in a horror show. I suspect many of the great writers were taunted, bedeviled, haunted individuals... Even so, or because, this is powerful artistic poetic writing of the best (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Poem Edited: Thursday, November 17, 2016


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