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Google ‘Modern Poetry to Impress Girls’


I look at you and I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world.

I Googled, but this poem did not exactly appear. But that’s what Hunter said to his blind tutor Will Fratalli in the Beastly movie anyway. The scene can come out a bit cheesy to rom-com cynics, but the poem is a good fun read. That should be enough for salvage value.

Having a Coke with You

Having a Coke with you

is even more fun than going to San Sebastian, Irún, Hendaye, Biarritz, Bayonne

or being sick to my stomach on the Travesera de Gracia in Barcelona

partly because in your orange shirt you look like a better happier St. Sebastian

partly because of my love for you, partly because of your love for yoghurt

partly because of the fluorescent orange tulips around the birches

partly because of the secrecy our smiles take on before people and statuary

it is hard to believe when I’m with you that there can be anything as still

as solemn as unpleasantly definitive as statuary when right in front of it

in the warm New York 4 o’clock light we are drifting back and forth

between each other like a tree breathing through its spectacles

and the portrait show seems to have no faces in it at all, just paint

you suddenly wonder why in the world anyone ever did them

I look

at you and I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world

except possibly for the Polish Rider occasionally and anyway it’s in the Frick

which thank heavens you haven’t gone to yet so we can go together the first time

and the fact that you move so beautifully more or less takes care of Futurism

just as at home I never think of the Nude Descending a Staircase orat a rehearsal a single drawing of Leonardo or Michelangelo that used to wow me

and what good does all the research of the Impressionists do them

when they never got the right person to stand near the tree when the sun sank

or for that matter Marino Marini when he didn’t pick the rider as carefullyas the horse

it seems they were all cheated of some marvelous experience

which is not going to go wasted on me which is why I am telling you about it

Frank O’Hara

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  • Caz
    March 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    <3 i jut googled "modern poetry, impress girls " while watching Beastly…didn't think i'd actually find "having a coke with you" but i did…..BTW …..i love it to bits….so romantic

  • Angie
    March 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I think it’s cute too that people actually Googled while watching the movie 😀 this poem was worth it too~

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