One-Hundred Greatest American Poems

Holy cow, Bloglily is doing a great job on her list of the one hundred greatest poems.  I’ve been trying to get one together focusing on American poems I love.  So, I’ll start now.  These are in no certain order…

Frank O’Hara: Poem

Lana Turner has collapsed
I was trotting along and suddenly
it started raining and snowing
and you said it was hailing
bit hailing hits you on the head
hard so it was really snowing and
raining and I was in such a hurry
to meet you but the traffic
was acting exactly like the sky
and suddenly I see a headline
there is no snow in Hollywood
there is no rain in California
I have been to lots of parties
and acted perfectly disgraceful
but I never actually collapsed
oh Lana Turner we love you get up

I love the conversational tone of it, the flippant way it pokes fun at society, celebrity, and individuals all at the same time.  Whenever I read this one, I hear it.  O’Hara was great at this….ninety nine to go…


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3 responses to “One-Hundred Greatest American Poems

  1. Oh, that poem is wonderful! My sister (she’s a poet) loves Frank O’Hara and now I see why.

    I can’t wait to see the rest of your list.

  2. Very nice. Has a kind of old Hollywood feel to it. I live in L.A. and he nailed it.

  3. What an auspicious beginning — thanks for this poem. There’s something really inspiring about clicking on someone’s link and seeing the arrangement of lines on the page and knowing it’s poetry and then getting to read Frank O’Hara!

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