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Frank O’Hara Quotes

I look
at you and I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world
Having a Coke With You, Frank O’Hara

Why should I share you Why don’t you get rid of someone else for a change
Meditations in an Emergency, Frank O’Hara

oh god it’s wonderful
to get out of bed
and drink too much coffee
and smoke too many cigarettes
and love you so much
Steps, Frank O’Hara

When I die, don’t come, I wouldn’t want a leaf
to turn away from the sun – it loves it there.
There’s nothing so spiritual about being happy
but you can’t miss a day of it, because it doesn’t last.
Poem, Frank O’Hara

It is easy to be beautiful; it is difficult to appear so.
I admire you, beloved, for the trap you’ve set. It’s like a final chapter no one reads because the plot is over.
Meditations in an Emergency, Frank O’Hara

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
Having a Coke With You, Frank O’Hara

I’m becoming
the street.
Who are you in love with
Straight against the light I cross.
Walking to Work, Frank O’Hara

Each time my heart is broken it makes me feel more
adventurous (and how the same names keep recurring on that interminable list!), but one of these days there’ll be nothing left with which to venture forth.
Meditations in an Emergency, Frank O’Hara

Now I am quietly waiting for
the catastrophe of my personality
to seem beautiful again,
and interesting, and modern.
Mayakovsky, Frank O’Hara

And here I am, the
center of all beauty!
writing these poems!
Autobiographia Literaria, Frank O’Hara

Even trees understand me! Good heavens, I lie under them, too, don’t I I’m just like a pile of leaves.
Meditations in an Emergency, Frank O’Hara

always embrace things, people earth
sky stars, as I do, freely and with
the appropriate sense of space.
A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island, Frank O’Hara

Mothers of America
let your kids go to the movies!
get them out of the house so they won’t know what you’re up to
it’s true that fresh air is good for the body
but what about the soul
that grows in darkness, embossed by silvery images
Ave Maria, Frank O’Hara

My eyes are vague blue, like the sky, and change all the time; they are indiscriminate but fleeting, entirely specific and disloyal, so that no one trusts me. I am always looking away. Or again at something after it has given me up.
Meditations in an Emergency, Frank O’Hara

I have been to lots of parties
and acted perfectly disgraceful
but I never actually collapsed
oh Lana Turner we love you get up
Lana Turner has Collapsed, Frank O’Hara

Leaf! you are so big!
How can you change your
color, then just fall!
As if there were no
such thing as integrity!
Les Etiquettes Jaunes, Frank O’Hara

to be born and live as variously as possible.
In Memory of My Feelings, Frank O’Hara

One need never leave the confines of New York to get all the greenery one wishes – I can’t even enjoy a blade of grass unless I know there’s a subway handy, or a record store or some other sign that people do not totally regret life.
Meditations in an Emergency, Frank O’Hara