The letter is dated June 27, 1953:
Someone who didn't like me could say, "Sure, all you have to do is show him Larry Rivers or the sea, and out comes a poem;" but really, I don't see why one shouldn't enjoy something in life if one can stand not enjoying so much else. it's too bad you don't imagine I understand you as well as I imagine you understand me, but we can't have everything at the same time, thank god, or it would be too confusing. I loved staying with you and adore your mind..."
"Good god, it just occurred to me how much I am influenced even here by our own works. maybe we should just slap this into the middle of "How to Proceed [in the Arts]." I think if I publish a book it should be called "How to Proceed in Everything I Can Think Of" by Frank O'Hara. In our own discursive way we are getting to be the moralists of our time, since we are always trying to tell people how to act. >>>