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What I'm reading

Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me is sensationally good. I'm impressed by her honesty and depth in talking about her father (poet & New Yorker art critic, the late Peter Schjeldahl), poetry, growing up in New York City. That she works hard to be fair & figure things out. The book is about writing this book and also about not writing the book she set out to. I admire that her scaffolding is showing; like the Pompidou Centre in Paris, all the pipes are visible. For example, she tells us exactly how much she paid to quote half a dozen lines of a poem of Auden's. And it works. It all works. 

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