Meditations in an emergency poem

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meditations in an emergency poem

Meditations in an Emergency Quotes by Frank OHara

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Meditations in an Emergency

One of O'Hara's few prose poems, the “Meditations in an Emergency” presents a headlong rush of conflicting emotions (triggered.

Meditations in an Emergency Quotes

Each time my heart is broken it makes me feel more adventurous and how the same names keep recurring on that interminable list! Even trees understand me! Good heavens, I lie under them, too, don't I? I'm just like a pile of leaves. However, I have never clogged myself with the praises of pastoral life, nor with nostalgia for an innocent past of perverted acts in pastures.

The main character, Don Draper, is the falling man of our time, the man who is defined by products, the man whose identity is uncertain, the man who is anxious about his standing in the world. Later, we see him reading Meditations in an Emergency at home. Yeats was an Irishman who wrote a poem that might as well have been addressed to Hillary Clinton after her loss in the election. Yet, is this what you or I need right now—a poetry of defeat, a poetry that helps us wallow in the helplessness of the past? This is the type of poetry that lends itself easily to anxiety about the future and depression about the past.

View larger image. The title poses an immediate challenge: in an emergency, common sense tells us, you call or cry out for help.
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Am I to become profligate as if I were a blonde? Or religious as if I were French? Each time my heart is broken it makes me feel more adventurous and how the same names keep recurring on that interminable list! Why should I share you? I am the least difficult of men. All I want is boundless love. Even trees understand me!

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    Frank O’Hara’s "Meditations in an Emergency": A Poem for Our Moment - Cultural Weekly

  3. Brad D. says:

    Meditations in an Emergency. By Frank O'Hara. Am I to become profligate as if I were a blonde? Or religious as if I were French? Each time my heart is broken it.

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