Oh! kangaroos, sequins, chocolate sodas!
You really are beautiful! Pearls,
harmonicas, jujubes, aspirins! all
the stuff they’ve always talked about

still makes a poem a surprise!
These things are with us every day
even on beachheads and biers. They
do have meaning. They’re strong as rocks.

—Frank O’Hara

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"Today" from THE COLLECTED POEMS OF FRANK O'HARA by Frank O'Hara, copyright ©1971 by Maureen Granville-Smith, Administratrix of the Estate of Frank O'Hara, copyright renewed 1999 by Maureen O'Hara Granville-Smith and Donald Allen.

Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

  • Frank O’Hara

    Frank O’Hara (1926-1966) was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and was educated at Harvard University and the University of Michigan. His work includes Lunch Poems (1964) and Meditations in an Emergency (1956). O’Hara was a founder of the New York School of poetry.