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Poem of the Week: ‘Having a Coke with You’

Frank O’Hara’s Having a Coke with You has always been a favourite of mine, but this 1960 love poem has taken on a new, bittersweet quality in 2021 as we move towards our year anniversary of life under a pandemic. Across the four stanzas, O’Hara has inadvertently curated a list of some of the experiences […]

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Poem of the Week: Having a Coke with You

To read Frank O’Hara’s ‘Having a Coke with You’ is to infatuate yourself with the beautiful impermanence of the everyday. Included in his 1965 collection Lunch Poems – a series of poems written on the fly during his lunch breaks – it captures O’Hara’s trademark spontaneity and stream-of-consciousness interaction with the present moment, inspired by […]