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Frank O'Hara - Poem (Lana Turner has collapsed!)

Lana Turner has collapsed! 
I was trotting along and suddenly
it started raining and snowing
and you said it was hailing
but hailing hits you on the head
hard so it was really snowing and
raining and I was in such a hurry
to meet you but the traffic
was acting exactly like the sky
and suddenly I see a headline 
there is no snow in Hollywood
there is no rain in California
I have been to lots of parties
and acted perfectly disgraceful
but I never actually collapsed
oh Lana Turner we love you get up

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Poet: Frank O'Hara
Poem: Poem (Lana Turner has collapsed!)
Poem of the Day: Nov 7 2007

Comment 7 of 7, added on February 7th, 2013 at 10:04 AM.
an era

in the postwar period, till the 1960s, people could say that it did not rain in California - East Coast people said that a lot, but knew it was not true - another thing making it typical of the era is that the poet had just spoken to his friend or associate by telephone - this is not stated but must have been the case, and accounts for the sense that the poet feels boxed in, no one to share his shock with (hence the poem) - nowadays there would be cell-phone communications, and of course no sense of hot news - "Extra! Extra!" - in newspaper headlines

fred from United States
Comment 6 of 7, added on January 3rd, 2012 at 1:48 AM.

The answer of an eerxpt. Good to hear from you.

Gerrie from Cuba
Comment 5 of 7, added on April 9th, 2011 at 2:30 PM.
Good one

I have always liked this one . . .the rush and bustle of an ordinary day of crazy weather, bad traffic in the city, being wrapped up your own appointments . . . a lot of quick and jumbled lines brought to a halt by a bit of celebrity news. What is it about Hollywood icons? Lana Turner, a woman the narrator has never met, all the way across the country, collapses and it affects him profoundly. He considers his own life, his own behavior (and perhaps, as a gay man, OHara is commenting on the gay identification with Hollywood bombshells) and reaches out to the beautiful stranger on film: Lana Turner we love you get up.

J from United States

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