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As Planned by Frank O'Hara

As Planned

by Frank O'Hara

published in The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara

edited by Donald Allen

After the first glass of vodka

you can accept just about anything

of life even your own mysteriousness

you think it is nice that a box

of matches is purple and brown and is called

La Petite and comes from Sweden

for they are words that you know and that

is all you know words not their feelings

or what they mean and you write because

you know them not because you understand them

because you don't you are stupid and lazy

and will never be great but you do

what you know because what else is there?

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