I’ve never read Koch, but i will now…love this…
Kenneth Koch would have just celebrated his 87th birthday.
“To My Old Poems” appeared in the January 2000 issue of Poetry:
“I wanted to take care of you
Make sure you were in the best books and magazines
Printed on good paper and in type that was clear.”
I won’t give up seeking joy on each blue wave
or peace below every gray stone.
If happiness never comes, what is a life?—Poetry, March 2012
Frank O’Hara, Meditations in Emergency
This poem originally appeared in Poetry, November 1954
Let’s make sure to treat this year gingerly,
take him for slow walks in the cold,
a handful of oats and loose harness,
not gallop through too fast.
Love him a little bit each day,
but not so much that his broken
leg keeps you from the gun.
The year will carry you
but is not the only one,
there are others waiting beyond
the mountains in the unbroken dark.
"For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again."
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (via wtfxvictoria)
She’s too far away
this biting cold New Year’s Eve.
Twenty tolls into
the temple bell’s midnight song,
I’ll no doubt be fast asleep.
ahh new years…brings out so many shades of competing emotions. I’m sitting on my couch, drinking wine whilst wading through the lively variety of human emotion being thrown onto tumblr…excitement, relief, regret, cynicism, sadness, happiness and hope…all in the year. much love to you all..xo
Marilyn Monroe as Clara Bow by Richard Avedon