Thursday, April 4, 2013

A to Z : Digression On Number 1, 1948 by Frank O'Hara

I am a participant in Arlee Bird's 2013 A to Z Challenge!  I am posting a poem for each letter of the alphabet.  Sometimes the poem will be prose, other times it might be an artistic rendition of the poem, or a reading by the poet... the possibilities are endless!  I hope you will be stopping by throughout the Month of April to check them out!

Digression On Number 1, 1948
Written by Frank O'Hara

I am ill today but I am not
too ill. I am not ill at all.
It is a perfect day, warm
for winter, cold for fall.

A fine day for seeing. I see
ceramics, during lunch hour, by
Mir6, and I see the sea by Leger;
light, complicated Metzingers
and a rude awakening by Brauner,
a little table by Picasso, pink.

I am tired today but I am not
too tired. I am not tired at all.
There is the Pollock, white, harm
will not fall, his perfect hand

and the many short voyages. They'll
never fence the silver range.
Stars are out and there is sea
enough beneath the glistening earth
to bear me toward the future
which is not so dark. I see.

Jackson Pollock. Number 1A, 1948. 1948
This painting by Jackson Pollock inspired the poem!


  1. Stopping by for AtoZ. Lovely poem.

    1. He's quite the poet, eh?!

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  3. A great choice for today. Thanks for sharing it.

    1. Why thank you! I'm glad you liked it!

  4. Lovely words!
    Happy A to Z'ing...

    1. He's incredible, no?! Thank you!

  5. Wonderful poem. I love how other art forms inspire each other.
    Another A to Z'er
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  6. Stopping by from the #atozchallenge !

    Fantastic share!


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