Now I am quietly waiting for
the catastrophe of my personality
to seem beautiful again.

– Frank O’Hara (via Poetry)

I’m really getting into Frank O’Hara these days. I received the ‘Selected Poems’ collection the other day, and now it’s sitting on my bedstand and I can’t wait to return to it every night. 

 

“Poetry dwells in a perpetual utopia of its own,” William Hazlitt wrote. One hopes that a poem will eventually arise out of all that hemming and hawing, then go out into the world and convince a complete stranger that what it describes truly happened. If one is fortunate, it may even get into bed with them or be taken on a vacation to a tropical island. A poem is like a girl at a party who gets to kiss everybody. No, a poem is a secret shared by people who have never met each other. Compared to the other arts, poets spend most of their time scratching their heads in the dark. That’s why the travel they prefer is going to the kitchen to see if there is any baked ham and cold beer left in the fridge.

Where Is Poetry Going? by Charles Simic | NYRBlog | The New York Review of Books

Interesting blog post on the process of, well, ‘poetry-making’ today.