Monday, May 17, 2010

La Bête

Before heading out to teach on Monday, it's always wise to start with a little Frank O'Hara poem

I dig this one:

Have you forgotten what we were like then
when we were still first rate
and the day came fat with an apple in its mouth

it's no use worrying about Time
but we did have a few tricks up our sleeves
and turned some sharp corners

the whole pasture looked like our meal
we didn't need speedometers
we could manage cocktails out of ice and water

I wouldn't want to be faster
or greener than now if you were with me O you
were the best of all my days

Frank O'Hara)

From The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara. Copyright © 1971 by
Maureen Granville-Smith. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Also:  ArtsEdge offers teaching artists so much, including this free lesson plan that asks students to examine the connections between the New York School of poets, and the abstract visual art movement that was happening around the same time.


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