Things Beautiful and terrible

2 Oct

Frank O'HaraOur second preview of after all the terrible things I do is tonight and in anticipation of our imminent opening on Friday, I would like to share a few poems by Frank O’Hara. I first read O’Hara’s Lunch Poems when a graduate school teacher gave me a copy. I enjoyed many of the poems, but for some reason my obsession didn’t quite kick in. A year or two later, though, I read O’Hara’s poem “Having a Coke With You” and the deal was sealed.

Although Frank O’Hara and aspects of his life and poetry are a big part of this play, here are two poems, neither of which appears or is mentioned in the script. They are a couple of my favorites, however, and both of them have relationships to the play that, for now, I’ll leave a mystery. Click the links below to read (so that I can respect copyright and all that jazz and not post them without permission):

POEM (The eager note on the door said, ‘Call me,’) published in Meditations in an Emergency

Personal Poem published in Lunch Poems

Frank O'Hara

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2 Responses to “Things Beautiful and terrible

  1. Peter Emch October 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    I saw after all the terrible things I do last night and loved it. Layer after layer of emotional passage for each character. Characters that I liked, and was pulling for, in spite of what they’ve done. Watching cowards being brave. Very uplifting, actually.

  2. Theodore Chisholm October 6, 2014 at 12:09 am #

    The play is brilliant; saw it today at the Rep.

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