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« Poetry in motion | Main | More of Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, on a Slightly Lighter Note [Eleanor Goodman] »

July 17, 2009


In truth, I posted Oranges and Sardines on B-day (although I like being thought of as witty). Let's consider this another add to this week's O'Hara oeuvre.

Lady Day was Billie Holiday, and I think either Lester Young or Count Basie gave her the name.

The Five Spot was a club at the corner of Cooper Square and St. Mark's Place. I think you are thinking of Thelonius Monk?

"Mike" is Mike Kanemitsu, who was an artist.(See O'Hara's "Personal Poem.") "Patsy" I can't remember and I left my O'Hara book at school.

Frank O'Hara worked for MOMA and published "Jackson Pollack" in 1959.

You got me on the last one, although maybe it's from O'Hara's "Personism."

LO, you are correct about Lady Day. It was Lester Young who gave her that nickname, and she reciprocated with his: Prez. Correct on the Five Spot, Thelonious, MOMA and the Pollock monograph. Mike is Mike Goldberg [the painter in "Why I Am Not a Painter"], Patsy is Patsy Southgate [whom FOH called "the Grace Kelly of our set"), and I was paraphrasing a sentence in Coleridge's "Biographia Literaria." So. . .you get a 90, which, since I mark on a curve) gets you your usual A. Smart work!

What is the original sentence in Coleridge?

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