1. Decide you must. 2. Develop deep respect for feather, bone, claw. 3. Place your trembling thumb where the heart will be: for one hundred hours watch so you will know where to put the first feather. 4. Stay awake forever. When the bird takes shape gently pry open its beak and whisper into it: [...]
If I could live like Frank O’Hara, with both a professional and creative life, I think I could be happy. The natural, conversational rhythm of O’Hara’s poetry really turns me on. I read ‘Having A Coke With You’ pretty much once a day. Mainly for that killer last line.