May 22, 2015

Tags: Frank O'Hara

Is a poem still good if you have to hit the listener or reader over the head with how good it is? Does every poem have to work the first time you read it? Frank O'Hara's “The Day Lady Died” has never failed before but when I read it to a couple of non–poetry lovers, they merely paused politely & went on with a different conversation. Maybe it was the way I read it? Maybe all those details are no longer evocative?


  1. May 27, 2015 8:17 PM EDT
    Not all poems, books or movies have meanings the first time around. The meaning may come after you have had time to let it sink in or when you need it to mean something.
    - Becky