POETRY

Before He Died

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Wouldn't you be happy to have written Lunch Poems?
No, not to have been Frank O'Hara, not Frank O'Hara
With all that entailed. But to have in your palm
The bright blue and orange semi-square, and open
Again to the scene of sitting at a window at Schrafft's,
The worker with the pneumatic drill visible
But muffled by the glass, as each passerby
Departs like a parasail off Fire Island.
I would be happy to have written that book
And to be slipping it into a raincoat pocket,
Heading expectantly toward Fire Island.

David M. Katz's most recent book is Claims of Home, Poems 1984-2010, published in 2011 by Dos Madres Press in Loveland, Ohio. Poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Criterion, Paris Review, The New Republic, Shenandoah, Southwest Review, Notre Dame Review (both print and online), The Cortland Review and Podium, the online publication of the 92nd Street Y, and will appear in PN Review (U.K.) and The Raintown Review. His first book of poems, The Warrior in the Forest, was published by House of Keys.

Wouldn't you be happy to have written Lunch Poems?
No, not to have been Frank O'Hara, not Frank O'Hara
With all that entailed.