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"Day Planner" Poetry

Many of Frank O'Hara's poems appear to be lists of stuff he's done, people he's talked to, things he has read. They are filled with information you might get out of his day planner, if he had one. "12:20 – eat lunch. 4:19 – get on train. 7:15 – arrive in East Hampton." O'Hara obviously feels it is important for a poet not to have his head in the clouds. He delivers the facts without getting too philosophical about why such-and-such has happened.

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