Thursday, September 18, 2008

Quote of the day ...

Frank O'Hara's poetry has no program and therefore cannot be joined. It does not advocate sex and dope as a panacea for the ills of mondern society; it does not speak out against the war in Vietnam or in favor of civil rights; it does not paint gothic vignettes of the post-Atomic age: in a word, it does not attack the establishment. It merely ignores its right to exist, and is thus a source of annoyance for partisans of every stripe.

- from "Writers and Issues: Frank O'Hara's Question," in Selected Prose by John Ashbery (University of Michigan Press).

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